WASHINGTON — House Republicans say no votes are expected for the rest of the week, making it likely the government shutdown will continue.
Republican Whip Steve Scalise’s office, who announced the schedule Thursday, said House lawmakers don’t plan to vote this week to end the government shutdown.
Scalise’s office says lawmakers are waiting on the Senate. But the Senate already approved a bill to keep government running. The House panned that measure and approved a new version that included money for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Back from a 29-hour trip to visit U.S. troops in Iraq, Trump is returning his attention to the ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown, which is in its sixth day.
In a morning tweet, Trump says “we desperately need” a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, funding for which has been a flashpoint between the White House and Congress ever since Trump took office.
The president is calling on Democrats in Congress to fund his wall, saying the shutdown affects their supporters. He says: “Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?”
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are on unpaid furlough and even more are required to work without pay after Trump and Congress could not reach consensus on a short-term funding bill last week.