The Americans have to adjust to a longer part-stoppage of the business of government. Even today, no movement emerged in the negotiations between the government of U.S. President Donald Trump and the opposition Democrats.

The so-called Shutdown could take estimates of the White house until the new year. Trump insists on the construction of a wall on the border to Mexico. He warned again that such a barrier is essential.

The weekend was kicked out of a budget freeze for parts of the US government in power, because up to this time, no new budget law had been adopted for several Federal ministries. Trump had refused to be a of the budget act of signing, if not provided therein, also money for the long-requested border wall Mexico. He demanded five billion dollars. In the US Congress there was, however, not a majority.

Because no budget act came into force, Parts of the government the money. The result: hundreds of thousands of government staff working in the forced leave or without salary. Affected about a quarter of the government apparatus. For several ministries had already been in September, a longer-term budget has been passed.

Should continue the “Shutdown” longer, should also get the wider population, the consequences continue to be felt – for example, because applications remain in authorities or museums, and other public facilities could close. Right to Wear the “Shutdown” until Wednesday is not happening, because previously, at the weekend and the Christmas holidays, the government too much.

The White house agreed with the population already on a longer hanging area. The household head of the White house and designated chief of staff of the US President, Donald Trump, Mick Mulvaney, had said on Sunday that it was possible that the “Shutdown” will last until the new year. The positions of the negotiators of the government and the Democrats apart, were still far away. It was not foreseeable that things would be progressing very quickly in the next few days.

The leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, had said at the weekend, if Trump wanted to end the “Shutdown”, should he say goodbye to his idea of a wall. “We want effective border security, no wall,” said Schumer.

Trump insists on his claim. There is no border can be safety without walls, wrote the President on Twitter. Each of them knew the. In another Tweet, Trump complained on Monday that the Democrats would have in the past supported a border wall or a border fence, and their attitude only changed when he had made this a major part of his presidential campaign.

Behind the Scenes, intense negotiations about the budget for border security, to stop the government to a standstill run for days. The President had cancelled due to the “shutdown” on his Christmas vacation in Florida. He spends the holidays now in the White house.

next Thursday, both chambers of the U.S. Congress-the house and Senate come together to meetings. You need to decide a budget law, as soon as the a few sub-distributors on a common template. According to the White house, but it could be good that only after the meeting of the new Congress to the beginning of the year a solution.

in January, the balance of forces change. The Senate remains in the hands of the Republicans, who can expand their majority in the congressional elections in November, something had. In the house of representatives, the Democrats had the majority back to Robert. It is on 3. January is the first in a new line-up come together. In the future constellation in Congress, a settlement in the dispute over the budget and the border security is likely to be even more difficult.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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