(Jonathan Easley & Alexis Simendinger – The Hill)
Lawmakers return to snow-covered Washington today with negotiations to reopen the government still frozen in place for a record 24th day.
No talks occurred over the weekend, although Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says he asked President Trump to reopen the government and negotiate for more border wall money later.
“He’s not going to give in.” – Graham on Fox News Sunday
Several other options are also off the table for the time being.
The president has backed away from his threat to circumvent Congress by declaring a national emergency to redirect money for the border wall, which would have paved the way for the government to reopen but would also have opened the spigot on a stream of legal challenges. Click here to read more.
- Congress to Face Same Question: When Will Shutdown End? (Associated Press)
- Behind the Scenes: Mass Confusion on How to End the Shutdown (Axios)
- Trump’s Economic Adviser Compares Shutdown to a Free Vacation (CNN)
- Trump’s Five Craziest Arguments About the Shutdown (New York Times)
- Canadian Air Traffic Controllers Send Pizzas to U.S. Counterparts Working Without Pay (CBC)
- Federal Government Shutdown Has Potential to Chip Away at Supply Chain Visibility (Logistics Management)