(Associated Press) Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers the White House shifted tactics Tuesday trying to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate with rank-and-file lawmakers even as President Donald Trump dug in for a prolonged shutdown. The House and Senate announced they would stay in session canceling an upcoming recess week at home if the shutdown continued which seemed likely. On the shutdowns 25th day Trump did not move off his demand to have Congress provide $5.7 billion to build his promised border wall with Mexico. Democrats say they will discuss border security once the government has reopened but Pelosi is refusing money for the wall they view as ineffective and immoral. The president on a conference call with supporters showed no signs of backing down. Were going to stay out for a long time if we have to" Trump said. Well be out for a long time." With some 800000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay Trump suggested the partial shutdown that has clogged airport security lines and shuttered federal agencies was going smoothly. People are very impressed with how well government is working with the circumstances that were under" Trump said.
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