WASHINGTON D.C. (Nexstar)- Neither the White House nor Congress appears any closer to ending the partial government shutdown.
The shutdown is in its 25th day and is the longest in U.S. History.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin says neither party is doing enough to get 800,00 government employees back on the payroll.
“For some reason, everyone has become callous about the people who are being harmed,” he said.
Manchin says that’s why he met with a group of “moderate” senators, to try to find common ground.
He admits so far no progress has been made.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats continue to urge President Trump to give up his demands for a border wall.
“President Trump, you’re not going to win this fight with the American people. Every day it drags on, you are less popular,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
But the president is showing no signs of backing down.
Several House Republicans joined the president for lunch Tuesday.
Afterward, they told reporters GOP lawmakers are willing to keep fighting for the wall.
“We’ve got to do everything we can to make sure the president gets a chance to negotiate a plan,” Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis said.
There are new signs the shutdown will go on for at least another week.
Both House and Senate leaders are making plans to cancel a break scheduled for next week.