There have been signs in the last 48 hours that moderate Republicans in the Senate are willing to break with the president and demand he approve a spending package to reopen government.
Cory Gardner, the Republican senator for Colorado, said: “I think we should pass a continuing resolution to get the government back open. The Senate has done it last Congress, we should do it again today.”
Susan Collins, the Republican senator for Maine, said “it would be great” for the Democrats’ spending bills to be adopted, adding: “At least we’d be getting those workers back to work.”
Nine US government departments have been impacted by the shutdown including Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury. Many national parks are closed because there is not enough staff to pick up rubbish and clean toilet facilities.
The US National Gallery of Art, all 19 Smithsonian museums – including well known tourist attractions in Washington DC – and the National Zoo are closed.