>> With just five days left to avert a partial government shutdown, President Trump remained locked in a standoff with Congress over his demand for $5 billion to pay for a border wall with Mexico. But Democrats and some Republicans are refusing to give in. Insisting there are more effective and less costly ways to control the border.
Ginger Gibson is following the story.>> At this point, we're at a bit of an impasse. Congress, particularly Democrats in the Congress have offered the President about $1.6 billion to fund his wall. The President says nope, he needs $5 billion. And so far we haven't seen any signs that they're yet willing to break that impasse.
>> If no deal is reached by midnight Friday, a shutdown could leave about a quarter of the federal workforce without paychecks. Drying up funding for the space program, the national park system, the US Diplomatic Corps, and agriculture programs. Essential workers would not be paid until the shutdown ends.
Congress would have to decide whether to award back pay. A senior house Republican aide saying his party was quote, in a pickle over how to keep the government open, unable to muster the votes for Trump's wall.>> Republicans on the hill very much do not want to shut the government down.
And they don't see a government shutdown as a political winner for them, especially coming off of such a bruising defeat in the midterm elections. But the President knows that being tough on immigration and tough on the border resonates with his base, his most loyal voters. He thinks that there's no political harm to come from him by shutting the government down.
>> With the clock ticking, the House of Representatives will not show up for work again until Wednesday night.>> If we don't get what we want->> Trump last week said he would take responsibility for a potential shutdown in a rancorous public meeting with Democratic congressional leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
>> I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. So I will take the mantle, I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not gonna blame you for it.>> One way out would be a temporary stop gap measure to provide funding through the holidays.
But Trump sees the showdown as his last chance to get his way before Democrats take control of the House. Starting in January they'll have the votes they need to block Trump's wall.