The fight between the US Congress and President Donald Trump over funding the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.
US lawmakers were scrambling Monday to avert a shutdown, with Republican and Democratic leaders locked in a stalemate over Trump’s demands for border wall funding.
A partial shutdown that could occur at midnight Friday risks disrupting government operations and leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed or working without pay over the holiday season. Costs would be likely in the billions of dollars.
Congress used to pass annual appropriation bills, and the president signed them into law. Buy the shutdown scenario has become routine in recent years, leading Congress and the White House to a crisis over government funding.
The president is insisting on $5 billion for the wall…