An estimated 800,000 federal workers are now going without paychecks.
The partial USA government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday (Jan 12), as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for US$5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds.
Negotiations are at a standstill and no more talks are scheduled for the weekend or early next week.
The president's anger was provoked by what he described as "a fake reporter from the Amazon Washington Post", who claimed that the White House was "chaotic" and lacked any plan for the shutdown.
Miami's airport will close one of its concourses most of Saturday, Sunday and Monday to make sure security checkpoints are adequately staffed as the shutdown begins to strain the aviation system. Trump said Friday that he planned to sign a bill guaranteeing that federal employees will be given back pay once the government reopens.
As the shutdown drags on, President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have not made progress toward any kind of agreement that would put an end to it. Increasingly, Trump's only exit - and perhaps even his preferred choice - appears to be declaring an emergency, an act some in his own party oppose.
But the president himself acknowledged in the White House meeting that an attempt to claim emergency powers would likely end up in legal battles going all the way to the Supreme Court - as other Republicans and some of his advisers have reportedly cautioned him.
Lawmakers are expected back in Washington next week after Congress adjourned Friday.
Trump is reportedly considering a plan to declare a national emergency and then siphon money from funds used for disaster relief in Puerto Rico, Texas, California, Florida and other states affected by natural disasters in order to pay for his border wall.
The closure, which began on December 22, broke a decades-old record by a 1995-1996 shutdown under former President Bill Clinton that lasted 21 days.
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"We want Congress to do its job", the president said in a discussion on border security at the White House.
But there was another election, in November, and the effect of that is that Democrats now control the House and they refuse to give Trump money for a wall.
An attempt Thursday by moderate Republican senators to broker a deal that would have traded immigration protections for undocumented "Dreamers" brought to the U.S. as children in return for wall money collapsed after Vice President Mike Pence rejected it.
Trump said last week he can "relate" to the unpaid workers, but that "they'll make adjustments".
Pressed by Pirro to go ahead and declare and emergency, Trump said: 'Well, that might happen.
Replied Hoyer, "Oh no, I think there was an election, and he did raise that question".
An effort by GOP senators led by Graham for a compromise deal that provided both border wall funding as well as immigration provisions appealing to Democrats stalled on Thursday as the President was not in favor, according to two people directly involved.
Trump has told advisers he believes the fight for the wall, even if he never gets money for it, is a political win for him. "With this lawsuit we're saying, 'No, you can't pay workers with I.O.U.s".
He says Democrats don't support a wall costing billions of dollars that will, in his words, "destroy sensitive lands, take private property, and can be tunneled under, climbed over or cut through".
Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded. Representative Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, has also suggested using that money or other discretionary fees.