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No breakthrough in U.S. shutdown talks

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No breakthrough in U.S. shutdown talks

Senior Trump administration officials met on Saturday with Democratic congressional staffers but failed to break a deadlock over a proposed border wall and end a two-week-old partial government shutdown.

Linda So reports.

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No breakthrough in U.S. shutdown talks

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence along with other White House officials met with Democratic congressional staffers on Saturday to try to end the government shutdown.

But at the end of the day, no compromise was reached.

Pence tweeting the talks were productive and will continue on Sunday.

With a partial government shutdown now heading into its third week... Democratic leaders on Friday emerged from the White House after talks with President Trump... no closer to ending a standoff over his demand for a wall along the border with Mexico.

Schumer:"We made a plea: don't hold millions of Americans hostage...open up government and let's resume negotiations." Newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling the talks "contentious." Pelosi:"How do you define progress in a meeting?

When you have a better understanding of each other's position?

When you eliminate some possibilities?

If that's a judgement, then yes, we made some progress." Minutes later in the WHirte House Rose Garden… President Trump putting it differently… The renewed talks coming one day after Democrats took majority control in the House of Representatives….

As their first order of business… Democrats late Thursday passed a two part spending package to reopen government...including 1.3 billion dollars for border fencing and security - BUT NOT the $5.6 billion Trump wants for the wall… which Democrats firmly oppose.

Senate leader Mitch McConnell calling the bill a "non-starter"... even though the Senate approved identical legislation last month.

NEW MCCONNELL UPSOUND McConnell now facing mounting pressure from members of his own caucus to re-open government - especially from those who could be vulnerable in the 2020 election…Including Susan Collins of Maine.

But with Trump digging in his heels on his push for the wall Friday...TRUMP UPSOUND...And the Senate now adjourned until Tuesday… ...An end to the shutdown is still nowhere in sight.




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