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Before adjourning on Friday, the Senate passed a bill to ensure federal employees who are furloughed get back pay.

Over the weekend, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky said the chamber wouldn't reconvene until December 27, and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that it's possible the shutdown could go on until after the New Year.

The top Democrat in the House, Nancy Pelosi of California, made a similar prediction.

He suggested the government would remain closed "until the President and Senate Democrats have reached an agreement" - even though other Republicans have suggested this is a five-way negotiation among the White House and the four congressional leaders.

Key parts of the federal government have been impacted by the shutdown, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the Interior Department, the State Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Trump was staying in Washington for Christmas because of the shutdown, the White House said.

Irate with Powell for a series of modest interest rate increases that Trump claims have hampered the USA economy, the president expressed his disdain for the Fed chairman once more.

The shutdown was expected to last through Thursday. But both sides have staked out firm positions.

Less than one week after a GoFundMe page was set up to help pay for the border wall, another account was set up for those with opposite views.

"If you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", Schumer said, accusing Trump of supporting an inefficient wall that would end up "swindling the American taxpayer".

Trump shot back at "Little Bob Corker", his derisive nickname for the senator, on Monday, as well as Brett McGurk, the US envoy in charge of defeating the Islamic State in the Middle East who announced he's quitting over Trump's abrupt decision to pull USA troops out of Syria.

But Democrats believe they have a stronger hand in the faceoff against a president who said he would be "proud" to force a shutdown - rarely popular among the broader public - in the name of tighter border security.

The shutdown went into effect after Trump threw a wrench into the works earlier in the week by refusing to agree to a short-term funding deal cut by Democratic and Republican senators because it did not include the funds for his border wall.

With no compromise in sight to end the partial government shutdown, President Trump on Monday urged Democratic leaders to "make a deal" on border security - while those lawmakers countered that mixed messages from the White House are "making it impossible to know where they stand". The Democrat-led Senate refused to entertain the House provisions, while the House refused to go forward without them. "So now President [Donald] Trump is president and the speakership is on the line, we are talking about $1.3 billion and the continued resolution".

Mulvaney said he was awaiting a response from Schumer, whose office said the parties remained "very far apart".

Mulvaney would only say the offer was between Trump's $5.7 billion request and $1.3 billion Democrats have offered.

But as Trump faced criticism from conservatives for "caving" on a campaign promise, he pushed the House to approve a package temporarily financing the government but also setting aside $5.7 billion for the border wall.

Any ultimate deal will likely depend on what defines "the wall".

Mr. Trump last week called it "steel slats", and his budget director on Sunday called it fencing rather than a wall - a major concession for a president who has pointedly corrected people who called his barrier a fence. "Democrats are wrong to act like children, to say you can't get a penny more".


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