More than two dozen federal employees and supporters demonstrate at the Sacramento International Airport calling for President Donald Trump and Washington lawmakers to end then partial government shutdown, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
As the partial U.S. government shutdown hit the four-week mark on Friday, tensions mounted in Washington on either side of the standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to help fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
That ultimatum, which congressional Democrats have rejected, has prevented Congress from approving legislation to restore funding to about a quarter of the federal government, which closed down partially on Dec. 22 when several agencies’ funds expired for reasons unrelated to the border.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives has left town for a three-day weekend, returning late on Tuesday. The Senate was expected to reconvene on Friday, but its exact plans were unsettled.
The Republican-controlled Senate, toeing Trump’s line on the wall, has not acted on any of several shutdown-ending bills approved in recent days by the House, all lacking wall funding.
The partial shutdown – already the longest in U.S. history – seemed certain to drag well into next week, meaning 800,000 federal workers nationwide would continue to go unpaid and some government functions would remain impaired. (Reuters)
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Non-Emergency services in Yellowstone National Park have been suspended during the current government shutdown. Visitors are still allowed access to the parks attractions but services are limited. (Photo: William Campbell/Corbis via Getty Images) Full garbage cans sit at Golden Gate National Recreation Park in San Francisco, California, on Jan. 2, 2019. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Tourists drive past the closed entrance ticket station of the Joshua Tree National Park after the federal government’s partial shutdown caused park rangers to stay home and campgrounds to be shut, at the park in California, on Jan. 3, 2019. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) A sign on the main gate of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo announces the Zoo will be closed during the partial government shutdown on Jan. 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) A closed sign is displayed at The National Archives entrance in Washington, Jan. 1, 2019, as a partial government shutdown stretches into its third week. A high-stakes move to reopen the government will be the first big battle between Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump as Democrats come into control of the House. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP) A sign informs visitors that the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian is closed due to the government shutdown on Jan. 2, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The parking lot and changing area at Boiling River is closed on Jan. 3, 2019 in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. While visitors can still access the river, non-emergency services in Yellowstone National Park have been suspended during the current government shutdown. 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