Washington, Dec. 23 -- The US on Sunday entered day two of a government shutdown gridlocking Washington that the White House budget director said could persist into the new year and the next Congress.

A budget deal to end the partial shutdown -- which forced several key US agencies to cease operations at 12:01 am (0501 GMT) Saturday -- appears a distant prospect as Congress adjourned for the weekend ahead of Christmas.

"It's very possible that this shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress," White House budget director Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" of the impasse over funding for President Donald Trump's wall on the US-Mexico border.

But while trying to pin the blame for the shutdown on Democrats, Mulvaney acknowledg...