More Americans blame President Donald Trump than congressional Democrats for the partial USA government shutdown, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday found, as lawmakers returned to Washington with no quick end to the shutdown in sight.
After convening for just a few minutes following the official Christmas break, a still almost empty Senate adjourned, deciding to renew budget deliberations only next Wednesday, the last day of the current Republican-controlled Congress.
Thursday marked the sixth day of the partial government shutdown.
The president is calling on Democrats in Congress to fund his wall, saying the shutdown affects their supporters.
A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said Democrats' likely plan is to put a bill that funds the government, without money for Trump's wall, on the floor on January 3.
White House press spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump would continue refusing to sign "a proposal that does not first prioritise our country's safety and security". Roughly 420,000 workers were deemed essential and are working unpaid, while an additional 380,000 have been furloughed. Describing the wall as Trump's "bone to the hard right".
In a tweet Thursday, he once more accused Democrats of wanting to encourage illegal immigrants, "an Open Southern Border and the large scale crime that comes with such stupidity!" "Don't forget the Democrats all agreed you need a wall, until I wanted it. After ruling, Dems dropped deal - and that's where we are today, Democrat obstruction of the needed Wall", Trump tweeted.
Partial government shutdowns are not an unusual weapon in Washington budget negotiations, where party divides make cooperation a rarity.
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The mess has contributed to worries over the outlook for the USA economy in 2019, following a surging 2018 performance.
So far, the public and federal workers have largely been spared inconvenience and hardship because government is closed on weekends and federal employees were excused from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas, a federal holiday.
Continuing the see-saw performance, Wall Street opened sharply lower Thursday but ended solidly higher on bargain hunting.
For example, the government says it won't issue new federal flood insurance policies or renew expiring ones until the budget for them is restored.
Managing the flow of illegal border crossers has been complicated by a shift from single men to more vulnerable families, including small children.
He warned: "At this point, it looks like we could be in for a very long-term shutdown".
On Friday afternoon, a Senate procedural vote showed that Republicans lacked the 60 votes they'd need to force the measure with the wall funding through their chamber.