Trump Invites Congressional Leaders to Wednesday Meeting on Border Wall

Trump Invites Congressional Leaders to Wednesday Meeting on Border Wall

The first bill includes year-long funding plans for every government agency now closed, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security.

Pelosi has not heard formally from the White House since December 11, when she and Schumer had a contentious Oval Office meeting with the president, Democratic aides said.

Trump lashed out again at Democrats on Tuesday over an earlier proposal to reopen the government without allocating funding the president is demanding for his border wall project, The Hill reported. What's unclear is whether the Republican-led Senate, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will consider either measure - or if Trump would sign them into law. The package does not include the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall on the southern border.

On Monday, Pelosi and Schumer jointly announced a Democratic plan to reopen the government. I spent Christmas at the White House, I spent New Year's Eve now in the White House. "If you don't have the wall, you are going to have people coming in".

The president told Fox News Channel in an interview Monday that he was "ready, willing and able" to negotiate.

"We are not giving up". More importantly, while Democrats did vote in favor of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized construction of 700 miles of fencing along portions of the US border with Mexico, it was a fraction of the barrier Trump seeks to build.

Graham had also gone to the White House to complain about Trump's abrupt decision to declare victory over ISIS and remove USA troops from Syria.

"Border Security and the Wall "thing" and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker!"

The two parties will have to figure out an agreement, and the senators must be present for a vote on the Senate floor to send a bill to the president to sign and end the government shutdown. "Requiring them to work without pay is nothing short of inhumane".

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One bill would temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels, with $1.3bn - well below the $5bn in wall funding Trump has requested - for border security through February 8 as talks continued. Trump wants it, but Democrats won't give it to him.

According to Mr Kelly, Mr Trump was keen to pull American troops from Afghanistan in the early days of his presidency.

Citing the wall the Obamas had constructed around their Washington, DC home, the president argued a similar move was necessary to preserve the America's sovereign borders. The next day, the Democratic party takes control of the House.

Lawmakers involved in the talks and analysts already since the Trump-Pelosi immigration brawl could keep the Agriculture, Homeland Security, Justice, Interior departments and some smaller federal entities closed indefinitely.

"It's incredible how Democrats can all use their ridiculous sound bite and say that a wall doesn't work".

Trump on Twitter criticized Democratic opposition to the wall project, which carries a total estimated price tag of $23 billion.

The briefing will occur one day before Democrats take control of the House and Trump gets his first taste of divided government. Democrats have remained committed to blocking any funding for the wall.

Democrats hope their two-pronged funding approach will put Senate Republicans in a tough position.

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