Acting head of staff of the White house, Mick Mulvaney noted that all this time, Federal employees will continue to receive wages.
The suspension of the US Federal government may extend beyond December 28. This was stated on Sunday for Fox News channel by Director of the administrative and budget Department of the White house Mick Mulvaney, who temporarily performs the duties of the head of staff of the White house.
“I do not think that the situation will develop rapidly in the next two days. I think it is very possible that the suspension of the work of the government will go beyond the 28th December and will last until the opening of a new session of Congress,” he warned. Mulvaney assured that all this time Federal employees will continue to receive a salary.
Members of the Senate of the US Congress on Saturday unsuccessfully completed an unscheduled meeting to discuss the adoption of the document on the temporary financing of the Federal government. According to TASS in the Senate, the next meeting of the upper house will be held not earlier than December 27. As recalled in connection with the continuation of the so-called shatdown the American media, at least until Thursday, about 420 thousand employees of state institutions will work without payment, although later they will be able to receive compensation. Another 380 thousand people were sent on unpaid leave.
The Us lawmakers have not yet been able to adopt the budget for fiscal year 2019, which began in the US on October 1. It had to be approved before the end of the day on December 21 (08: 00 GMT Saturday), but on Friday both houses of Congress ended their meetings, and did not adopt any compromise resolution that would temporarily avoid the closure of Federal agencies. About a quarter of the government, in particular the state Department, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of trade and the Ministry of internal security, are now without funding. For other state institutions, the Congress had previously approved the allocation of funds until the end of September 2019.
On Thursday, The House of Representatives included in its version of the bill on the temporary financing of the government the cost of $5.7 billion for the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico. However, the Democrats in the Senate warned that they had enough votes to block any resolution providing for the financing of border barriers in such a large volume, and as a result, the upper house dispersed without voting.