Government Shutdown 2019: Federal workers brace for no pay, Trump stalks out of meeting with Democrats




 

The ongoing government shutdown continued to grind on through its 19th day Wednesday, and first paychecks are about to be missed.

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  • 2019-01-22 18:12:38Z

Trump's proposal on Saturday to relax his immigration policies for young immigrants known as "Dreamers" in exchange for funding for a southern border wall did not appear to be making much headway among Democrats who control the House of Representatives. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote on Trump's plan this week but there were doubts it would pass there. Leaders of the House of Representatives have already rejected it.

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