Trump, Congress leaders set to huddle on border wall, government shutdown

Trump, Congress leaders set to huddle on border wall, government shutdown

Trump, Congress leaders set to huddle on border wall, government shutdown

"Hours later, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats voted to allow foreign aid money to be used to perform and promote the violence of abortion overseas".

"These are not Democratic bills; they were crafted in a bipartisan way by a Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations committee and a Republican-controlled Senate", Schumer said. "A dollar. One dollar, yeah, one dollar". White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Fox that Pelosi will be "more able to negotiate" once she is elected speaker, as expected Thursday.

"We're not doing a wall", Pelosi said emphatically. "Does anybody have any doubt about that?" "We will have no deal without a wall".

No one budged at President Donald Trump's White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through a 12th day over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

The Democratic package to end the shutdown includes a bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels - with $1.3 billion for border security, far less than Trump has said he wants- through February 8 as bipartisan talks would continue.

They are all but dead on arrival in the Senate, where the Republican leadership has vowed not to bring them up for a vote because they do not pass muster with the president.

The shutdown is affecting about a quarter of the portion of the federal government funded by Congress, since the Pentagon and major agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services have already been funded through September 30 by spending bills passed by Congress earlier in the year. The vote was 241-190. In this case, it was by winning back the Democratic majority and amassing the votes for the speaker's job.

Keeping Donald Trump in check will be among her top challenges as she presides over the House through the 2020 elections when her party aims to dethrone the Republican commander-in-chief.

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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said that there's no need to prolong the shutdown and that he was disappointed the talks did not produce a resolution. "So they weren't even on the level with the vice president's offer that he made".

Pelosi now is situated to lead Democratic opposition to Trump's agenda and carry out investigations of his administration following two years during which congressional Republicans largely acquiesced to the president.

But the White House has rejected that package, and Trump said ahead of the session with the congressional leaders that the partial shutdown will last "as long as it takes" to get the funding he wants.

Trump has insisted on funding for the barrier, a core campaign promise that excited supporters at political rallies when he promised Mexico would pay for it. Democrats have flatly opposed the funding, calling a wall inhumane and ineffective. "To the disrupters, persisters & believers- together we issued a mandate for HOPE".

Democrats gained 40 seats in November's elections, vaulting them to House control with their biggest electoral gains in four decades after eight years in the minority. Congress and the president are at an impasse over funding for Trump's pet project, a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"I'm not saying their whole plan is a valid plan, but I see no reason why the bills that are ready to go and on which we've achieved an agreement should be held hostage to this debate over border security", said Collins.

Meadows said he's reached out to the Democratic principals and received responses but did not elaborate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the measures are non-starters on his side of the Capitol without the president's support. "I actually think it's bad politics, but I'm not thinking of the politics".

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