Congress to face same question: When will the shutdown end?


The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen before the sun rises in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Congress returns to Washington for its first full week of business since control of the House reverted to Democrats, but lawmakers will face with the same lingering question: When will the partial government shutdown end?
Sen. Lindsay Graham says he’s offered President Donald Trump a possible solution, though it may just be wishful thinking.
The South Carolina Republican is encouraging Trump to reopen government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over a border wall. Graham says if there’s no deal at the end of that time, Trump should take the more dramatic step of declaring a national emergency to build it.
But Trump wants a deal first, and Democrats want government reopened first.
The partial government shutdown is on its 24th day without an end in sight.

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