Trump has been relentless in his pursuit for $5.7 billion in funding for his proposed border wall, while House Democrats have refused to budge on his demand after Trump failed to secure any funding for the wall during two years of full Republican control in Congress. "We'll be out for a long time".
Democrats rejected a GOP attempt that would have restored back pay for some 800,000 federal workers who missed a paycheck last week while keeping the government closed going forward.
Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid.
But House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said because of the "Trump shutdown", the Secret Service is not fully operational.
Pressure on Trump intensified on Wednesday, the 26th day of the shutdown, as lawmakers from both parties scrambled for solutions. The previous record was a 21-day shutdown in 1995, when Gingrich was House speaker and Bill Clinton was President and Clinton and the Republican Congress clashed over the federal budget.
The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act (S. 24) passed Congress on January 11, and President Trump had indicated he would sign it once it did. "People in the White House don't like hearing that". But none of the House Democrats took Trump up on the offer. Chris Coons of DE were organizing a bipartisan letter asking Trump to agree to the idea of reopening the government for three weeks to allow time for negotiations on border security.
Trump ended up lunching with a handful of lesser-known House Republicans. They're from a bipartisan group called the Problem Solvers Caucus.
'I had a choice: do we have no food for you, because we have a shutdown, or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make along with the second lady, they'll make some salads, ' Trump said.More news: Kremlin derides allegations that Trump could work for Moscow
"We want to keep her in Washington", Sanders said. Cardin said in a tweet prior to the bill being signed. So far, no agreement has been reached between Trump and the Democrats to put an end to the shutdown. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of his party's Senate leadership.
Meanwhile, the effects of the partial government closure intensified around the country, with workers facing deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills. "I don't know how that could happen". John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 2 Senate Republican.
Pelosi writes that "given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after the government has re-opened".
In exchange for a three-week reopening of the government, the senators promise to commit that time to make "our best efforts following regular order in the appropriate committees and mark up bipartisan legislation relating to your request".
The White House had no immediate comment on Pelosi's request. Administration officials sought to project confidence, even as Trump's economists indicated the shutdown was having a greater impact than previously predicted.
Presidents traditionally deliver their State of the Union messages at the invitation of the House speaker, although as Pelosi noted in her letter, until the Wilson administration most simply sent written messages to lawmakers.
The White House said the meeting was fruitful.