Trump’s Government Shutdown

Democrats continue to urge President Trump to compromise and re-open the government so it can work on behalf of the American people.
On December 21, 2018, President Trump and House Republicans shut down parts of the federal government in a shameful, partisan effort to force taxpayers to fund an expensive and ineffective border wall. As a result, 800,000 hardworking federal employees are either furloughed or forced to work without a paycheck for the duration of this shutdown. Millions of Americans are being affected as government services have been suspended, including having their tax refunds delayed, having home loan approvals delayed, seeing decreased security at airports, and being put at risk as national parks operate without staff or guides. House Democrats are working to reopen government, but President Trump and the Republican-led Senate have refused to take action to end this costly shutdown.

For the latest on the shutdown, see updates below:
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Ahead of the President’s address, here’s a reminder of who the American people are holding responsible for the shutdown, courtesy of CNN:
In the “shocking to no one” category (except GOP leaders, apparently), Politico details today that Republicans are having a tough time convincing their Members that they should vote against taxpayers getting their refunds, ensuring families receive nutrition assistance, preventing families from being evicted, and allowing Americans to enjoy their national parks. Key excerpts from Politico:
In case there was *ANY* question as to who wants to reopen the government and who wants to hold the government hostage, look no further: Republicans, including Vice President Mike Pence, are actively whipping against legislation to reopen the government.
These four appropriations bills, which I will bring to the Floor next week and the House will pass, will leave Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans with no excuse to avoid taking action to end the Trump shutdown of the agencies they cover.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet The Press” this morning to discuss the Trump shutdown and the urgent need to reopen government.  Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:
We know it’s only Saturday afternoon, but we are ready to declare the GOP quote of the weekend. This time — from Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. And we couldn’t agree more. 
Two weeks after President Trump decided to shut down government over his costly and ineffective border wall, the impact of the Trump shutdown is growing.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on reports that Trump Administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, will receive raises during a government shutdown: 

Statement coming soon from Mr. Hoyer… in the meantime, who is going to ask Senator McConnell when he leaves today’s meeting whether he is going to take up the bills we passed last night and reopen government or if he is going to keep federal workers furloughed/working without pay while Vice President Pence and senior Trump Administration officials get $10,000 raises?
House Democrats passed Senate Republican legislation last night to reopen government – and it’s on Senator McConnell to take it up and pass it now. A look at the headlines shows the pressure is on the Senate GOP to take action now – which really shouldn’t be hard because they’ve passed these bills before!
As you all prepare to cover the White House meeting today, we just wanted to make sure you saw that in addition to the House Republicans who voted with Democrats to reopen the government last night, Senate Republicans want Mitch McConnell to bring those bills to the Floor and end the Trump shutdown:
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" this morning to discuss the need to end the Trump shutdown and Democrats’ priorities in the 116th Congress. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:

Tonight, the Democratic-led House passed legislation to end the Trump shutdown and reopen the government.
We are here late tonight, later than you would usually expect the Congress to be here on opening day. People, obviously, have things to do.
I'm going to be offering two bills [to reopen government on the House Floor], all of which are Republican bills, all of which we've compromised on, and included things that the Republicans wanted in their bills.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader-Elect Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour this evening to discuss the Trump shutdown and today’s briefing at the White House.  Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:
On Thursday, when Democrats assume control of the House, I will be bringing two bills to the Floor aimed at ending President Trump’s costly and dangerous shutdown.
We've offered the Senate compromise three times on the [House] Floor, and we were not recognized for that motion.
It’s day 6 of the Trump shutdown, and the impact of the shutdown is becoming more apparent. A look at the headlines show that service members, civil servants, and contractors – as well as the American people they serve – are feeling the negative impact:

NBC News: 42,000 Coast Guard members are the only military branch to work without pay during shutdown
Former Congressman Mick Mulvaney, who now is the acting Chief Of Staff… is somebody who voted to keep the government shut down over the urging of his own leadership in the Congress of United States after it had been shut down for 16 days. 
Moments ago, I went to the Floor of the House to ask for unanimous consent to reopen the government by passing the clean continuing resolution that the Senate approved on Thursday.
This shutdown strategy that has been pursued, frankly, by our Republican friends… is simply the wrong way to go
Just days before Christmas, President Trump is gearing up to shut down the government over his costly, ineffective border wall.
We can pass [the Senate] bill [to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation].