Tops on House Dems to-do list: Try to end shutdown

Posted January 02, 2019

Trump tweeted to Democrats on Monday: "come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall".

The Democratic proposal holds out one exception: The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees border security, would keep its current level of funding, with no new money for a border wall. Trump has said you can not have border security without a wall, and Republicans in the Senate say they're not going to bring anything up that Trump won't sign.

Pelosi is set to become House speaker on Thursday.

The budget extension "would allow time for President Trump to reach agreement with Congress on border security", the Democrats explained.

As adult supervision returns to Congress (but not the Senate) on January 3rd, the US Government shutdown rolls on with news this morning that President Trump has invited the new Congressional leadership to the White House.

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Pelosi and Schumer unveiled the outline of their bill to end the partial government shutdown when Democrats take control of the House. The lawmakers were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation.

It's a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico. And they - which they don't think is effective - and they are also going to throw into President Trump's face that he said that he would own a shutdown and he would take responsibility for it and that Mexico is supposed to pay for this, even though Trump is saying that Mexico is going to indirectly pay for this.

With his family in Florida and few staffers at the White House, Mr Trump spent the day on Twitter attacking Democrats, justifying his planned withdrawal of troops from Syria, and defending his border wall, which is at the crux of the government shut down. Trump wants it, but Democrats won't give it to him.

The White House invited Pelosi and Reps.

The shutdown affects nine of the 15 federal departments, dozens of agencies, and hundreds of thousands of workers.

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"The president still says "wall" - oftentimes frankly he'll say "barrier" or "fencing"; now he's tended toward steel slats", Kelly told the Times.

"It's a free-for-all", Dakota Snider, 24, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley, northern California, said told the Associated Press by telephone on Monday, as Yosemite national park officials announced closings of some minimally supervised campgrounds and public areas within the park that are overwhelmed. "But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it".

Jones called for a "fiscally responsible wall funding plan", so as not to add to the country's already crippling national debt of $22 trillion. But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of "Dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children - broke down past year as a result of escalating White House demands.

But the bills won't include the $5 billion Trump has demanded for his border wall.

The Capitol is mirrored in the Reflecting Pool in Washington, as a partial government shutdown heads into a second week, Friday night, December 28, 2018.

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The White House is seen, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Washington. He also said security on the border will include multiple parts.