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White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said today that it was "very possible" the partial government shutdown will last into the new session of Congress.

Melania Trump - who traveled without Trump to Mar-a-Lago - is headed back at the White House this afternoon.

He is coming off one of his roughest weeks as President - instigating the government shutdown fight, provoking then fast-tracking his defence chief James Mattis' resignation, abruptly pulling United States troops from Syria and Afghanistan, and even thinking about firing the head of the United States central bank.

A Democratic senator said his party opposed any funding for the wall. "If we are going to move this game forward, we are going to have to do so by focusing on what is in the best interest of the average person in this country and that is to have secure borders". "It's unnecessary", Philip Gibbs, a retired business professor from South Virginia, said of the shutdown.

Jeffrey Grignon, a Wisconsin healthcare worker, said the politicians "need to stop acting like children" and do the work they were elected to do.

"It just raises more alarm bells for people "that maybe there is something bigger going on" if it's necessary to have phone calls with the six biggest bank CEOs", said Manulife AM senior portfolio manager Nate Thooft. The organizers of the GoFundMe page says they plan to raise awareness for immigration reform.

Another visitor, Howard Vander Griend, 57, predicted Trump will come out a victor from the budget impasse.

The partial shutdown - along with Trump declaring Monday, Christmas Eve, a federal holiday - may be contributing to a less-than-urgent approach to the negotiations.

Tourists could still visit open-air sites on the Mall but found public restrooms locked.

On Wednesday, the Senate easily passed a temporary spending measure without any money for the border wall after getting signals from the White House that Trump wouldn't press the issue and trigger a shutdown.

New York's governor provided funding to the Statue of Liberty monument and Ellis Island so those key attractions could remain open.

"So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", said Schumer.

Among the "yes" votes were Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Patty Murray, the top three Senate Democrats.

Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump's U.S. -Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight.

The disruption affects many USA government operations and the routines of 800,000 federal employees.

Transportation Security Administration officers continue to staff airport checkpoints and air traffic controllers were on the job.

"At midnight last night, roughly 25 percent of the government shut down because of one person and one person alone: President Trump", Schumer explained in a Senate speech on Saturday, according to CNN. The remaining parts of the government, including the Defense Department, Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, were already funded and won't be affected by the shutdown, nor with mandatory entitlement programs like Social Security payments.

But conservatives in the House would likely balk at that figure.

Interior secretary Ryan Zinke, who greeted visitors at the Second World War memorial and other sites in Washington during the last shutdown, said he is stepping down at the end of the year.