It’s looking increasingly as if the partial government shutdown will be handed off to a divided government to solve. This, as agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power.

Now nearly a week old, the impasse is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers and beginning to pinch citizens who count on varied public services.

For example, the government says it won’t issue new federal flood insurance policies or renew expiring ones until the budget for them is restored.

Congress is closing out the week without a resolution in sight over the issue holding up an agreement — Trump’s demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico and Democrats’ refusal to give him what he wants.

The Capitol Dome is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, during a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Capitol Dome is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, during a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Tourists board a boat headed for the Statue of Liberty in New York, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain open despite the ongoing partial government shutdown, even as some national parks and monuments close down, according to New York Gov. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Tourists board a boat headed for the Statue of Liberty in New York, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain open despite the ongoing partial government shutdown, even as some national parks and monuments close down, according to New York Gov. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Tourists walk past a sign near the embarkation point for the Statue of Liberty in New York, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Tourists walk past a sign near the embarkation point for the Statue of Liberty in New York, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Park Police Horse Mounted Patrol Unit Officer Baum, who is working without pay due to the government shutdown, puts Monty into a horse trailer at the end of their day, across from the Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Park Police Horse Mounted Patrol Unit Officer Baum, who is working without pay due to the government shutdown, puts Monty into a horse trailer at the end of their day, across from the Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Empty corridors around the Senate are seen at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, during a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Empty corridors around the Senate are seen at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, during a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Joggers pass the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Washington, during a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Joggers pass the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Washington, during a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Visitors tour the Capitol Rotunda at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, during a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Visitors tour the Capitol Rotunda at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, during a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Some federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown are facing uncertainty as they return to work after the Christmas holiday. (Dec. 26)
Some federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown are facing uncertainty as they return to work after the Christmas holiday. (Dec. 26)

Source: The Associated Press