Sen. Lindsey Graham says he sees no "pathway forward" in shutdown dispute

Pelosi of Calif. center speaks following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Jan. 9 2019

By a vote of 411-7, the House passed a bill requiring that all government workers receive retroactive pay after the partial shutdown ends.

Trump delivered a prime-time address to the nation on Tuesday night where he warned of a "crisis" at the southern border with Mexico, and on Thursday, he made a visit to the border.

House Democrats spent the week advancing spending bills to reopen shuttered parts of the federal government, but the legislation they have put forward will not include any new money for a wall and has been met with White House veto threats.

The US federal government has been partially shut down since December 22 over the dispute between congressional Democrats to approve $5.7 billion that Trump seeks to fund the construction of the border wall.

While it's unclear whether Trump will indeed declare a national emergency, he told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday that without a deal with Congress, "most likely I will do that".

The wall was the central promise of Trump's winning campaign in 2016.

Trump is growing more frustrated as the shutdown drags on and is complaining that his aides are not offering him an exit strategy.

A congressional official said the White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to look for billions of dollars earmarked past year for disaster response for Puerto Rico and other areas that could be diverted to a border wall as part of the emergency declaration.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the wall should not be funded "on the pain and suffering" of USA citizens who have faced tragedy after a natural disaster.

Graham's comment came hours after congressional negotiations on border security and re-opening the government broke down once again.

It was not clear what a compromise might entail, and there were no indications that one was in the offing.

Pelosi has not said how House Democrats would respond to Trump declaring a national emergency, but she predicted a bipartisan rejection of an attempt by the White House to skirt Congress's power.

Graham sounded deflated after talks among senators essentially collapsed, and said, "It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers" to fund wall construction.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer forcefully rebutted the President in a speech of their own Tuesday where Pelosi accused Trump of "holding the American people hostage" to his demands.

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