At midnight Saturday, the partial government shutdown entered its 22nd day and became the longest in US history.
The clash between President Trump and the Democrats, which began on Dec. 22 on funding the Trump Border Wall Project, led to employee leaves and the need for some of them to work without pay. .
Some 800,000 federal workers received blank pay slips on Friday, Congress voted to guarantee their pay every time the closure is resolved – and lawmakers then adjourned for the weekend.
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Missing wages put pressure on lawmakers and Trump to end the stalemate. Some workers posted pictures of empty pay stubs on Twitter and expressed frustration.
"I saw the zeros in my paycheck stub today, and it's a combination of reality and sadness," Josh Maria, Air Traffic Controller, told The Associated Press.
Trump has considered the possibility of declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress and finance the wall, but has returned to his positions in recent days. The White House has also planned to divert funds from other funds, including some of the $ 13.9 billion allocated to the Corps of Army Engineers.
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"What we are not trying to do for the moment, it's a national emergency," Trump said. He insisted that he had the necessary authority to do so, adding that he "was not going to do it so fast" because he always preferred to reach an agreement with the Congress.
This provoked a public outcry among officials in Puerto Rico and in some states recovering from a natural disaster.
"This is going to attract a lot of members," said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, a senior member of the House Credit Committee, at The Wall Street Journal.
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Some Republicans urge Trump to declare a national emergency.
"Mr. President, declare a national emergency NOW," US Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Friday on Twitter, "Build a Wall NOW."
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of using the closure to divert attention from the investigation of the special advocate Robert Mueller in Russia.
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"It's not a wall between Mexico and the US It's a wall between his failures in his administration," Pelosi told reporters. "It's a big diversion and he's a master of diversion."
Associated Press contributed to this report.