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, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Hillicon Valley: Facebook won't remove doctored Pelosi video | Trump denies knowledge of fake Pelosi videos | Controversy over new Assange charges | House Democrats seek bipartisan group on net neutrality 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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.