Bill on federal workers' back pay in shutdown heads to Trump

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With the current shutdown of the federal government about to become the longest in USA history, most Americans aren't celebrating. Stakes surrounding the effects of the shutdown begin to mount as almost 800,000 federal workers went their first pay period cycle without a paycheck.

The lapse in funding has affected roughly a quarter of the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the Interior Department and the State Department.

An emergency declaration would draw immediate legal challenge from Democrats, who have accused Trump of trying to manufacture a crisis at the southern border to justify his wall.

The partial government shutdown is in its third week with no sign of a truce looming as the Trump administration and the Democratic-led House battle over border security funding.

The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to comb through its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds that Congress earmarked a year ago, to see what money could be diverted to the wall as part of a declaration. On the flip side, Cavuto also thinks Democrats are being disingenuous, sounding less concerned about border dangers than they did just a few months ago.

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Despite this, however, a source close to the president told The Daily Caller "he doesn't give a damn" broadly about the effects of the shutdown because the wall is an existential delivery both politically and for USA security.

The measure is part of a series of spending bills that House Democrats have advanced this week in an effort to put pressure on congressional Republicans and the White House as the shutdown continues.

And Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., said in a statement that it would be "beyond appalling for the president to take money from places like Puerto Rico that have suffered enormous catastrophes, costing thousands of American citizens' lives, in order to pay for Donald Trump's foolish, offensive and hateful wall". And the President has dug in in his refusal to sign legislation that does not meet his demand for roughly $5 billion for a border wall, which Democrats refuse to provide.

The shutdown, which has entered its 21st day, has left an estimated 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay. "I have never been more depressed about moving forward than I am right now".

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