Government Shutdown Continues: House Democrats Plan To Step Up Pressure

House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.

Posted: Jan. 7, 2019 3:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.

This comes after there was no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, with Trump standing firm in his border wall funding demands.

Trump showed no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, though on Sunday he did offer to build it with steel rather than concrete, a concession Democrats panned.

With the shutdown lurching into a third week, many Republicans watched nervously from the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay and government disruptions hit the lives of ordinary Americans.

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