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Washington Searches for Answers as Shutdown Hits 24 Days

(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.