Hundreds of thousands of US federal employees went on unpaid work or unpaid leave Friday night after the Senate adjourned without approving the $5bn funding for President Donald Trump’s promised Mexican border wall. Without this funding, he refused to sign off on a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies open until Feb. 8. The Democrats are just as determined to withhold this funding. The President and lawmakers have delayed their Christmas holiday break to stay in Washington and hammer out a compromise. Until then, the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Agriculture, State, and Justice will begin shutting down.