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The partial US government shutdown is set to stretch on through Christmas as the Senate adjourned Saturday with no deal in sight to end the impasse over funding for Donald Trump's wall on the US-Mexico border.

The standoff between Trump and Senate Democrats led to the closure of about one-quarter of the U.S. federal government on midnight Friday, and with most of Congress out of town for the Christmas holiday, lawmakers say there is little prospect of ending the dispute until after the new year.

However, Pelosi worte in a letter to colleagues on Saturday that until Trump can publicly commit to a bipartisan resolution, there will be no agreement before January, and that comment has left the matter at a standstill because Pelosi's election for speaker is "imperiled", said Scott.

"The President will meet with Secretary Nielsen and other DHS officials today at 2pm to discuss border security", Sanders said in the statement.

Irate with Powell for a series of modest interest rate increases that Trump claims have hampered the US economy, the president expressed his disdain for the Fed chairman once more.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., argued instead for increasing the use of technology along the border instead of building "some medieval wall".

Trump had savored the prospect of a shutdown over the wall, saying he'd be "proud" to force one over an issue that was one of his biggest campaign promises.

Democrats will take control of the House on January 3.

Clymer says on the page that "We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the USA economy".

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Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said no votes would be held until a deal is struck by Democrats and the White House.

Trump reversed course Thursday and rejected a measure that had unanimously passed the Senate and was under House consideration.

Another Democrat, Senator Chris Coons, said on CBS that now "there is frankly no path towards his getting $5 billion in American taxpayer money to meet his campaign promise of a ´big, lovely wall´ with Mexico".

With congressional negotiations at a standstill, and 420,000 federal employees continuing to work despite a possible delay in their paychecks, the president posited that his proposed wall might be built with the windfall he said would result from shuttering the government.

The president scheduled a border security meeting Monday afternoon at the White House with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other department officials, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The shutdown has affected thousands of federal employees. Another 380,000 were to be furloughed, meaning they will not report to work but would also be paid later. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. Absent were GOP leaders or Democrats who would be needed for a deal.

One focus of last-minute discussions was $1.6 billion in border security support that was a part of pending Senate legislation, number two Senate Republican John Cornyn said.

Corker suggested that a deal could be reached if Trump were prepared to give ground on the Democrats' demand to protect the status of the "Dreamers" - Latinos who, as children, arrived illegally in the United States with their parents.

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