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The department’s public affairs apparatus is mostly idle for lack of funding, but that didn’t stop it from making announcements in support of the administration’s messaging about immigrants.
The tax collecting agency is one of those affected by the partial government shutdown, but the White House says it will issue refunds, reversing previous government policy.
Trump announced that he will speak to the country Tuesday. He is also set to visit the southern border Thursday. Over the weekend, the administration sent its formal budget request to lawmakers.
Volunteers and a skeletal staff have maintained sites in some parks. In others, the amount of damage and trash triggered an unprecedented move from the National Park Service to return more workers.
Friday’s meeting came as the partial government shutdown hits the two-week mark. On Thursday, the House passed two funding bills, but President Trump threatened to veto them.
The meeting in the Situation Room comes as impacts from the partial government shutdown continue to grow across the country, including the closure of the National Zoo and the Smithsonian museums.
Federal government employees are still being paid for work they did before the shutdown, but the checks will soon end. Among those affected are many who struggle to make ends meet even in good times.
Trump has only a few more days to advance any spending agreement with the help of full GOP control in Washington. But a leading House Republican said no votes in that chamber are expected this week.
The measure would fund about a quarter of the government but includes no money for the border wall demanded by President Trump.
Even a partial government shutdown would leave some 800,000 government workers without pay over the holidays, although many would remain on the job.
Joined by Italy’s prime minister, the president took questions from reporters Monday. He discussed border security and said he would be willing to meet with Iran’s leaders with “no preconditions.”
The mail will get delivered, Social Security checks will go out, and the National Park Service says it will try to keep parks accessible if there is a shutdown. But most federal agencies would close.