>> No deal in sight to reopen the government on the final day of 2018 with the partial shutdown now in its second week and the President not bulging on this demand of $5 billion in funding for a wall on the US southern border. Even with negotiations between Republicans, Democrats, and the President at a standstill, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, after a Sunday lunch with Trump, said he was optimistic that a deal could be reached.>> There will never be a 60 vote deal in the Senate that doesn't include money for border security slash wall.
And I don't see Democrats giving us more money unless they get something. So I think it's possible, if we start talking to each other, to have a deal that would provide relief to the DACA population, so they could go to school, go to work, and not Not fear of having their legal status changed any time soon.
> Other lawmakers were less upbeat about the prospects for ending the shutdown. > Right now we're at a standoff. And, if we blame each other this could last a long, long time. > Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of federal workers remain in limbo. Expecting to begin the new year either furloughed or working without pay.
Parts of nine cabinet level departments are closed. Websites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for example, are down. Democrats are preparing to past a ill to fund the government as soon as they take control of the house this week. But trump said he won't sign any bill that doesn't include the $5 billion for border security.
In a tweet Monday morning Trump called the southern border an open wound and said it was on the Democrats to fix it