John Tahsuda, center, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, at a meeting with the Osage Nation in Oklahoma on December 13, 2017. Photo: U.S. Indian Affairs

Government shutdown looms as President Trump confuses his own party

The federal government, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service, is getting closer to a shutdown.

Lawmakers from both parties have been unable to reach a deal to keep federal agencies up and running. But President Donald Trump has further confused the situation by questioning Republican strategies.

“We don’t have a reliable partner at the White House to negotiate with,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said on Thursday morning, The Washington Post reported, after Trump undermined GOP efforts with a tweet about the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“This has turned into an s-show for no good reason, and the only way out of this thing is to grow up a little bit — and I think that’s going to happen,” Graham said, according to the paper.

Without a funding deal, the BIA, the IHS and other federal agencies will close at midnight on Friday. Most non-essential employees will have to stay home, although IHS facilities, during a 2013 shutdown, were able to offer certain services because they deal with the "safety of human life."

"We fully expect the government to continue operations however in the event of a shut down #publiclands will be as accessible as safely possible under the law," Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior said in a post on Twitter on Thursday.

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Trump officials weigh keeping national parks open even if government shuts down (The Washington Post January 17, 2018)

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