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Tops on House Democrats' to-do list: Try to end shutdown

Tops on House Democrats' to-do list: Try to end shutdown

Trump has invited congressional leaders to return to the White House on Friday to resume negotiations, but the signals coming from the White House and from Democrats right now seem to suggest neither side is willing to bend at this point. Sen. "We know that we have a challenge along the border".

Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, said during the meeting Trump could not provide a "good answer" for opposing the bills.

Roughly a quarter of the federal government and 800,000 federal employees are affected by a shutdown, which was caused by a lapse in funding for the agencies.

The congresswoman said resolving the shutdown will be an opportunity for Democrats to show the American people they can govern responsibly. And we try to say, 'You're black, you're brown, you're gay, you're straight, you're a woman, you're a man.' The reality of it is there's no juice in that kind of campaign.

In his first Cabinet meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, Trump insisted that the USA needs "a physical barrier" on the border with Mexico, which he described as leaking "like a sieve".

Pelosi and Schumer, citing the bipartisan nature of the full-year funding measures and the unanimous Senate support before the partial shutdown of a stopgap bill to fund the government to February 8, attempted to ramp up the rhetorical pressure on Republicans in advance of the House votes. The location meant that the conversation was not televised, unlike the volatile sitdown during which Democratic leaders talked back to Trump last month.

In other words, Pelosi plans to introduce and pass the same funding bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shepherded through the Senate by voice vote two weeks ago - which happens to not include funding for Trump's wall! Traditionally, senior administration officials have used these gatherings to review their agenda for the year, though Trump is likely to steer discussion towards immigration and his fight with Democrats about the border wall, based on his comments in recent days. We're giving him a Republican path to do that.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed this version of events to reporters outside the White House immediately after the briefing, saying "once the secretary started, Schumer interrupted her and didn't want to hear it".

The partial government shutdown, which started over the debate on whether to include funding for a border wall, has now entered its 12th day.

Trump's statement on crossings contradicts the Department of Homeland Security. Trump could actually make this worse by offering something like a DACA deal and daring Democrats to reject it.

President Trump said Wednesday that the government is partially shut down because Democrats refuse to fund border security.

Democrats have signaled a willingness to approve $1.3 billion in funds for border security in an extension of existing spending levels, a portion of which can be used to replace and fix existing sections of wall and fencing. -Mexican border that was a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign. That measure would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

According to Crenshaw, Democrats don't want the wall because it comes down to semantics.

"Much of the Wall has already been renovated or built", he asserted on Wednesday along with the dubious claim that Mexico would pay for the wall through the new trade deal negotiated between the two countries.


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