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Martin Gelin: Deadlock in negotiations on the closed authorities

Millions of americans will receive their tax refunds much later than usual this year. The tax is part of the federal apparatus that partially had to close, after this winter's conflict in the congress in Washington. 90% of the agency's employees work at the moment does not. The one who tries to make a call to the tax office are greeted by a recorded voice that tells you that they unfortunately can't help you right now.

have suffered that the authorities closed, which means that they temporarily will be without pay.

the trade Unions representing public servants warn that thousands of employees may be threatened with eviction or fines for unpaid bills when their salaries fail to materialise in the coming weeks. Several private companies working under government contracts can also go bankrupt if they don't get paid as planned.

Three people have so far died in the national parks, which no longer has security guards on site.

At airports is lack of staff, then security personnel have begun to stay home from work. In a joint letter to the president from the pilots at the largest U.S. carriers, they write: “That the federal authorities is kept closed has a negative impact on safety, security and effectiveness of our national aerial systems.”

These alarming statements do not seem to affect the president Trumps views on the crisis in Washington. Trump has spent the weekend at Camp David, outside Washington, and said in a statement on Sunday that he can think of to declare national states of emergency in an attempt to get gränsmuren erected. Trump should have been surprised that the crisis has caused such serious consequences, then he did not know that the federal government is engaged in so many different areas of activity, writes the Washington Post.

vice-President Mike Pence has received the mandate to negotiate with congress on Trump's behalf; there is no indication that any progress has been made.

That republicans in congress are uniting behind Trump's controversial requirement of a boundary wall is relatively new,

in the budget for a boundary wall. The democrats have agreed to $ 1.3 billion for border security in general, but no additional money for a boundary wall. Both sides cling to their former positions.

the Democrats used this week its new majority in the house of representatives to vote through two new draft budget, which would mean that all authorities can re-open. But the proposals contain no new funds for a boundary wall. Mitch McConnell, the Republican president of the senate and is known as a hard negotiator, says that he is uninterested to even negotiate with the democrats.

the republicans in congress are uniting behind Trump's controversial requirement of a boundary wall is relatively new. In december voted in favour of the Republicans for a budget without more resources for a boundary wall. Mick Mulvaney, Trumps the acting chief of staff, said in 2015 to a boundary wall against Mexico is an ”absurd and childish” means to try to stop the migrants. ”The ranchers at the border says that we do not need a wall”, said Mulvaney at the time. Now he is defending, however, Trumps the decision, with reference to ”circumstances on the ground have changed”. Mulvaney says that he received a mandate from the Trump to try to find federal funds to finance a boundary wall, if the president would trigger national emergency conditions.

Republican Lindsey Graham, said in turn that the Republicans are not interested in negotiating with Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the house of representatives, so long as she calls the Republicans for racists, because they want to have a boundary wall. Pelosi has not called Republicans for racists, but said that gränsmuren is ”immoral”.

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Authorities have now been closed in 17 days, which makes this the longest protracted myndighetskrisen since 1996.

that the authorities may well be forced to remain closed the rest of the year. At a press conference in Camp David was asked he if it is really true that he can imagine to see such a lengthy myndighetskris.

" Absolutely, it was what I said, said Trump.

however, there were some signs that Trump can negotiate about what a boundary wall really means. Rhetorically, he has during the week, stopped to talk solely on a boundary wall, to instead talk about border security more generally. It is possible that the congress may thus find an opening where they are expanding the resources for border security, but not specifically a boundary wall. Trump would then be able to make an attempt to convince their kärnväljare that he, despite everything, has implemented its election promise. Originally promised Trump that Mexico would bear all the costs of a boundary wall, but the promise he has since abandoned.

After the Republican's big defeat in the mellanårsvalet in november, the pressure has also increased on the republicans in congress to distance themselves from Trump. Seven republicans in the house of representatives voted for the Democratic budget proposal last week.

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