WASHINGTON — It was a festive but awkward opening of the new Congress.
Newly sworn-in members celebrated their electoral success surrounded by family, Democrats cheered their returned speaker and Republicans applauded their expanded majority in the Senate.
But a substantial portion of the government that they oversee was closed, and the 800,000 federal workers who are not being paid lingered over the festivities on Thursday, an unfortunate circumstance that dampened the usual pomp. Adding to the tension was deep uncertainty about how to resolve the partial government shutdown that bridged the departing 115th Congress and the incoming 116th.
The two parties seemed dug in, suggesting the shutdown would continue, a possibility that was underscored on Friday by President Trump’s warning to congressional leaders that it could last months, even years, if Democrats did not capitulate and provide money for a border wall.
“Each side is testing the other’s resolve at this point,” said Tom Davis, the former House Republican leader from Virginia who came to the Capitol to observe the start of the new Congress. “There are no guardrails.”
Previously, such guardrails included a desire by both parties to not be seen as irresponsibly shuttering government agencies that provide needed services to their constituents. Or to not be viewed as so incapable of governing that they allow partisan, philosophical and funding differences to leave hundreds of thousands of government employees without paychecks.
“I think we should be blunt about this — there is never an excuse for a shutdown of the government,” said Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee. “There is never an excuse even for a partial shutdown of the government.”
But part of the government was definitely shut down, and the impasse seemed different from the partisan funding fights of the Clinton and Obama eras. Both sides claimed to want to end the stalemate, but there were no signs of frantic talks about trying to find a resolution and reopen agencies as quickly as possible. Democrats and Republicans traded not proposals and counterproposals, but instead lodged accusations about who was responsible and recriminations over competing legislative approaches.
After seizing power and restoring Nancy Pelosi to the speakership after eight years in the minority, House Democrats approved measures to reopen the government without the billion in border wall funding demanded by Mr. Trump — the sticking point in the entire exercise.
But Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, had already declared that he would not put any measure before the Senate unless Mr. Trump had agreed to sign it. The president was definitely not signing the House measure — at least at this point — and actually threatened to veto it.
Mr. McConnell was moving very cautiously. Before the holiday break, he had pushed through the Senate with no objection a resolution to extend funding for all federal agencies into February, only to see it quickly torpedoed by Mr. Trump and House conservatives. It was an embarrassing outcome for the Senate leader, and Mr. McConnell was in no rush to make that mistake again, preferring instead to wait for a White House plan to end the shutdown.
On the other side of the aisle, Democrats would typically be furiously trying to find a way to get the government back online. Early last year, Senate Democrats relented just a few days into a shutdown and capitulated on an immigration issue to reopen the government. This time, Democrats believe Mr. Trump has boxed himself in with his demand for money for a wall that they consider ill advised and publicly unpopular. They are not about to help him out of his predicament.
“President Trump is holding the government hostage over his wall, using the well-being of millions of Americans as hostage in a futile attempt to get what he wants: a concrete border wall,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader.
Democrats, looking at a much more favorable Senate map in 2020 compared with a difficult 2018, do not see much political risk in standing firm against Mr. Trump. In fact, at this point, they see picking a fight with the president as politically advantageous.
They view the shutdown as damaging to Republican senators who could face difficult re-election challenges in 2020, including Cory Gardner of Colorado, who has broken with his colleagues and called for reopening the government without border wall funding.
Mr. Trump and his allies, on the other hand, see the fight as critical to his political standing. Facing an emboldened and empowered Democratic House, the president intends to keep his conservative base firmly in his corner, and standing up for his long-promised wall is one way to do so. Early signs last month that he would relent on the wall money drew a quick rebuke from the right.
It is a recipe for a prolonged impasse.
Other factors are also at work in keeping the government shut down. The first two and a half weeks of the interruption have occurred during the holidays, when many workers are off and the demand for government help is not as great.
Some of the most vital government services — the military, veterans affairs and health and education programs — were funded in separate spending measures that already passed and were signed into law, limiting the scope of the shutdown.
And most government workers have not yet begun missing paychecks.
As the shutdown persists, though, pressure will mount on Congress and the White House to find a resolution. Already, there are calls from Democrats and a few Republicans to pass a package of bills that would fund the rest of the government with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security, which is the agency caught up in the wall funding dispute.
There are also a few ideas circulating to draft a compromise that would exchange wall funding for Democratic priorities such as making permanent a program for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children.
While it remains unclear just how the standoff will be resolved, lawmakers in both parties say they will ultimately have to put aside their differences and find a solution.
“People have to be able to pull back from this,” said Representative Mike Simpson, Republican of Idaho and a veteran member of the Appropriations Committee. “Sure, we are Republicans and Democrats, but at some point we are the Congress.”
At this point, however, it is a new Congress caught up in old divisions between lawmakers and the president, conflicts that suggest a difficult and contentious two years ahead.B:
2016买马生肖图113期【李】【青】【忙】【着】【蹲】【在】【邮】【箱】【旁】【边】【收】【金】【币】【发】【资】【料】。 “【这】【游】【戏】【真】【香】。”【李】【青】【又】【收】【了】【一】【千】【金】，【把】【伊】【利】【丹】【的】【技】【能】【和】【掉】【落】【列】【表】【发】【了】【一】【份】。 【一】【千】【金】【虽】【然】【看】【着】【挺】【贵】，【但】【其】【实】【只】【要】50【级】【以】【上】【的】【玩】【家】【都】【拿】【的】【出】【来】，【只】【要】【找】【八】【个】【朋】【友】【一】【人】【买】【一】【份】【不】【同】BOSS【的】【资】【料】，【就】【能】【凑】【出】【整】【个】【黑】【暗】【神】【殿】【的】【攻】【略】，【低】【价】【转】【卖】【出】【去】【还】【能】【再】【回】【些】【本】，【何】【乐】【而】【不】
“【呵】，【跑】【得】【倒】【是】【挺】【快】。”【六】【耳】【冲】【那】【片】【漩】【涡】【投】【去】【鄙】【视】【的】【眼】【神】，【双】【手】【一】【抬】，【三】【头】【六】【臂】【和】【金】【箍】【棒】【就】【都】【慢】【慢】【消】【失】。【她】【思】【忖】【片】【刻】，【听】【到】【悟】【净】【爬】【起】【来】【的】**【声】，【最】【终】【无】【奈】【地】【叹】【口】【气】，【转】【过】【去】【落】【在】【了】【悟】【净】【旁】【边】。 【她】【没】【有】【说】【话】，【只】【是】【伸】【手】【拨】【开】【悟】【净】【挡】【住】【肩】【膀】【的】【头】【发】【去】【查】【看】【伤】【口】。【显】【然】，【悟】【净】【先】【前】【的】【挣】【扎】【动】【作】【让】【蛇】【牙】【撕】【扯】【开】【了】【皮】【肉】，【血】【成】2016买马生肖图113期【胤】【禔】【小】【白】【蟒】【依】【旧】【是】2【阶】【巅】【峰】，【阿】【玉】【都】【已】【经】【是】3【阶】【巅】【峰】【了】。 【不】【过】【这】【也】【正】【常】，【越】【是】【血】【脉】【高】【级】【的】【妖】【兽】，【成】【长】【越】【慢】，【就】【能】【长】【到】2【阶】【巅】【峰】，【也】【可】【以】【说】【是】【走】【了】【狗】【屎】【运】【了】，【和】【卓】【无】【意】【中】【踏】【入】【了】【一】【个】【地】【方】，【没】【想】【到】【就】【将】【人】【家】【的】【捆】【仙】【阵】【给】【破】【了】，【里】【面】【关】【押】【着】【上】【届】【来】【的】***，【已】【经】【是】【圣】【兽】【级】【别】【了】，【就】【是】【和】【卓】【师】【傅】【那】【样】。 【到】【下】【届】【是】【因】【为】
【脑】【洞】【大】【开】【的】【新】【书】【求】【支】【持】！ 《【带】【个】【作】【者】【闯】【联】【盟】》 【双】【系】【统】【双】【穿】！【搞】【笑】【逗】【比】【日】【常】！ 【简】【介】：【穿】【越】【就】【穿】【越】【吧】，【身】【为】【一】【只】【熟】【悉】【各】【种】【网】【文】【套】【路】【的】【老】【书】【虫】，【文】【宇】【表】【示】【自】【己】【绝】【对】【能】【够】【在】【异】【世】【界】【呼】【风】【唤】【雨】【为】【所】【欲】【为】！【然】【后】……【这】【是】【啥】？【为】【啥】【我】【还】【带】【了】【个】【作】【者】？【啥】？【抽】【奖】【机】【会】【全】【靠】【作】【品】【成】【绩】【来】【获】【得】？？？ 【这】【是】【一】【只】【老】【书】【虫】【带】【着】【个】
“【如】【果】【我】【不】【愿】【意】，【你】【会】【杀】【了】【我】？”【浮】【生】【问】。 “【说】【不】【准】。” “【我】【要】【回】【城】【中】，【没】【时】【间】***。”【浮】【生】【说】【罢】，【头】【也】【不】【回】【地】【走】【了】。 【几】【个】【人】【把】【她】【拦】【回】【雨】【师】【循】【身】【边】。 “【我】【允】【许】【你】【离】【开】【了】【吗】？” “【你】【一】【个】【堂】【堂】【东】【胡】【皇】【子】，【在】【这】【里】【陪】【我】【一】【个】【小】【丫】【头】【玩】，【纵】【是】【小】【人】【胆】【子】【再】【大】【也】【不】【敢】【承】【这】【福】【泽】。”【浮】【生】【道】。 【雨】【师】【循】【细】