Shutdown Drags On As Democrats Take Back The House Majority

Shutdown Drags On As Democrats Take Back The House Majority

Shutdown Drags On As Democrats Take Back The House Majority

"Somebody said US$2.5. No, look, this is national security we're talking about", Trump said during the first Cabinet meeting of the year, a lengthy televised event that became a forum for the President to air thoughts and grievances on a number of topics.

Alexandra Pelosi, an HBO filmmaker who made an Emmy Award-winning documentary about former President George W. Bush's 2000 campaign, spoke with CNN hours before her mother headed to the White House - along with other leaders - to meet with President Donald Trump to debate Democrats' refusal to keep the government open over $5 billion in border wall funding. Trump's demand for $5.6 billion to build new sections of wall would finance 200 miles of wall, and less than 100 miles has already been constructed or renovated, according to Department of Homeland Security officials.

Whether the Republican-led Senate would consider the Democratic funding bills - or if Trump would sign either into law - was unclear.

Guthrie asked Pelosi if she is willing to give the president money for the wall.

As a result of their victory in November's mid-term elections, Democrats will take over leadership of all House committees. "Democrats intend to do that today", Justin Goodman, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday morning.

The Wednesday afternoon briefing with the congressional leaders is taking place the day before Democrats are to assume control of the House and end the Republican monopoly on government.

Trump said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol officials will make a plea for a wall at the meeting. "They try and make it like it's just about the wall and it is about the wall".

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Yet as the shutdown moves through its 10th day, it is clear that the House Democrats' plan to take the first legislative action since the start of the shuttering of roughly a quarter of the federal government remains a nonstarter for Republicans, who still control the chamber on the other side of the US Capitol.

The last time Schumer and Pelosi met Trump at the White House, on December 11, it turned into a weird televised squabble during which Trump claimed he would be "proud" to shut down the government over the wall, and insisted he would take ownership of any shutdown.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers after the meeting indicated little progress was made toward ending the partial government shutdown and that they agreed to reconvene Friday.

"Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal. That was 30 years ago", she said.

The agencies that are unfunded and in shutdown mode include the Homeland Security Department that pays for the wall, as well as the Agriculture, Justice, Interior, Transportation, State and Housing departments.

For Democrats, that means they will not put anything on the table beyond the current $1.3 billion for border security.

Schumer said Trump could not provide a "good answer" for opposing the bills.

The shutdown has gone on for 12 days.

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