At least for Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Graham is a surprisingly strong ally of President Donald Trump, but also someone with a demonstrated track record of working across the aisle.
Later Thursday, Graham said Trump should just go around Democrats to fund his wall. “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier,” Graham said in a statement.
Democrats, on the other hand, held fast to their consistent position: Trump should agree to reopen the government — and then they would talk about border security. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been adamant throughout this shutdown that Democrats will listen to no proposal that includes money for a border wall.
Which leaves us, well, absolutely nowhere. And with no votes expected in the Senate Friday, there won’t even be the possibility of any real movement until next Tuesday or so.
“This is like a circus,” Republican Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby told CNN on Wednesday. So say we all.
The Point: Settle in. This shutdown might be measured in months, not weeks.
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