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 PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' 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 TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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.