A sign is displayed on a government building that is closed because of a US government shutdown in Washington, DC, on December 22, 2018. AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS
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A top White House official warned Sunday that it's "very possible" the partial government shutdown stretches into the new year and that how quickly numerous shuttered Cabinet departments and agencies resume doing the people's business is up to Congress.Senate Democrats, who oppose funding for President Donald Trump's promised border wall, contend government could reopen immediately if Trump drops his demand to extend a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.The shutdown was expected to last through Thursday after the House and Senate, which held rare weekend sessions, adjourned until later in the week.Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said the administration is sitting on most of the money Congress gave Trump last year for border security, excluding a wall.Unlike past shutdowns, this one seemed to lack urgency, coming during the long holiday weekend after Trump had already declared Christmas Eve a federal holiday. Rather than work around the clock to try to end the shutdown, as they had done in the past, the leaders of the House and the Senate effectively closed up shop. The White House said Trump would spend Christmas in Washington because of the shutdown.Trump savored the prospect of a shutdown over the wall for months.Schumer said the "Trump shutdown" could end immediately if the president abandons the wall.
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