Meadows on CNN: 'We could be in for a very long-term shutdown'

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Thursday that the government "could be in for a very long-term shutdown."

Meadows, who made the comments on CNN's "The Lead," said negotiations "have not progressed" in recent days.


"And it really comes down to this. Democrats are dug in that there's not going to be any money for the wall. We passed obviously $5.7 billion out of the House. ... The president has put forth a number of different proposals with [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.] and [House Minority Leader] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Trump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE [D-Calif.] that have really fallen on deaf ears," Meadows said.

"So at this point, it looks like we could be in for a very long-term shutdown," he added.

The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since late last week, spurred by disagreements between lawmakers over President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border.

The House last week passed a stopgap government funding measure that included $5.7 billion for the wall and border security after conservatives, including those in the Freedom Caucus, pushed for that funding.

The government then entered a partial shutdown last week after the Senate failed to pass a spending bill that included that funding, which is opposed by Democrats. 

The shutdown is expected to last for at least several more days, with the Senate adjourning until Monday and GOP leadership in the House saying Thursday that there will likely be no votes held in the lower chamber this week.