Anything that includes a “big downpayment for a wall” isn’t a “reasonable agreement,” Pelosi said.

The shutdown, which has now dragged on for 34 days, was started after president Trump unexpectedly refused in late December to sign any bill without wall funding, leaving the Republican-controlled House and Senate scrambling in the last session of that Congress.  It’s hard to see how the shutdown will end, as the situation has evolved into an intensely politically-charged impasse, with Trump’s far-right supporters and newly-empowered Democrats both refusing to budge.

Figuring out a compromise that makes both sides happy is going to be tough, one Congressional aide told Quartz today. After all, Trump “needs to walk away with some sort of a win, and so does Pelosi.”

About 800,000 federal government workers are about to miss their second paycheck tomorrow because of the shutdown; US economic growth could fall to zero this quarter if it stretches on much longer; and a growing number of lawmakers and safety experts worry that national security is at risk. “Will it take a breakdown in food security, or airline security,” or an act of terrorism to force the Senate to move, asked Democrat Chris Coons from Delaware on the Senate floor this afternoon.

Americans hope they never have to find that out.

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