Day 17: Government shutdown continues with no end in sight

Posted at 7:55 AM, Jan 07, 2019

(NBC News) President Donald Trump says he’s expecting progress in the next few days after weekend negotiations brought no breakthrough to end a partial government shutdown.

The president and Democrats are at odds over whether taxpayers should pay more than $5 billion for a wall at the Mexico border.

Democrats say Mr. Trump is showing no signs of budging on his border-wall demands, but the White House insists he’s compromising by offering to build the wall with steel, instead of concrete.

Mr. Trump is threatening to declare a national emergency to pay for the wall. If that happens, it would almost certainly prompt a legal challenge.

Right now, 800,000 federal employees and contractors are working without pay as we enter week three of the shutdown.

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