Hopes to end US gov't shutdown dashed

Added On January 7, 2019

 Senior Trump administration officials and Democratic congressional staffers have failed to achieve a breakthrough in ending a partial government shutdown and breaking a deadlock over funding for a proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. 

A readout provided by the office of Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday's conversation was productive and both sides agreed to meet again on Sunday afternoon. 
U.S. President Donald Trump is demanding over 5 billion U.S. dollars in border security to deliver his signature campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico, which has been strongly rejected by Democrats. 
Their disagreement has led to a budget impasse and a partial government shutdown, which enters its 16th day now, affecting nine cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies as well as jobs and paychecks of some 800,000 federal employees. 
According to Pence's readout, there was "no in depth conversation about a dollar figure" for funding the wall, however they did discuss "the priorities for security" on Saturday meeting. Pence also reiterated Trump's position that "we need funding for the border wall."
Trump dug in on his proposal again Saturday morning, tweeting that "we are working hard at the Border, but we need a WALL!"
The president said Friday after meeting with congressional Democratic leaders that he was prepared for a partial government shutdown to last for months or even years if they don't agree to provide funding for border security. 
He also signaled a possibility of using emergency powers to build the wall without congressional approval and necessary funds.