US lawmakers headed home for Christmas leaving the government partially shut for a third day Monday in an impasse over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding, a standoff which the White House budget director said may continue until a new Congress takes over in January. The shutdown adds to uncertainties from Washington which have spooked global stock markets, and capped a tumultuous week in which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned over Trump’s foreign policies. More than 400,000 federal employees are reporting to their jobs on Monday but won’t get their salaries, while nearly 400,000 others “will be locked out of work with no pay,” the American Federation of Government Employees union said.
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