Shutdown impasse remains after Trump meeting with congressional leaders

Shutdown impasse remains after Trump meeting with congressional leaders

"We're not doing a wall", Democrat Nancy Pelosi said late on Thursday, several hours after she was sworn in as the new speaker of the House of Representatives.

Democrats are now in the same position as the House GOP was two weeks ago, when they passed a Homeland Security bill with at least $5 billion for border walls, only to see it stall in the Senate.

But he later argued the Democrats would be at fault if they didn't vote for border security.

Republican leaders immediately blasted the vote as a pointless political gimmick that would do little to provide the resources necessary to secure the border, and said Democrats were not negotiating in good faith.

"We are giving the Republicans the opportunity to take yes for an answer", she wrote in a letter to colleagues.

Thursday evening, video surfaced of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a freshman Michigan Democrat, speaking at an event sponsored by the advocacy group MoveOn.org, relaying a conversation with her son to the crowd: "And when your son looks at you and says, 'Momma, look you won, bullies don't win, ' and I said, 'Baby they don't, ' because we're gonna go in and impeach the motherf--". "Why would they not do that?"

Democrats have said they would want to hear any offer directly from the president.

Indeed, the impasse is more than about whether to fund a wall or fencing - or even steel slats, as Trump has recently referred to the border structure he's seeking.

Pelosi is facing pressure from some House Democrats to move forward on the impeachment front - especially from some newly elected members.

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"Earlier today Speaker Pelosi quoted a prayer by Saint Francis: 'Lord make me a channel of thy peace, '" he said in a statement.

While the "blue wave" swept dozens of House Republicans out of Congress last November, Mr Trump's Republicans managed to modestly expand its majority in the Senate, meaning Washington gridlock is nearly certain to deepen. "We can pass legislation that has the appropriations number in it while we continue to get more but we should continue to do our jobs and get the government open".

While there have been a lot of discussions taking place about ideas for reopening the government, Democratic principals have not shown a willingness to negotiate, providing the "foundation for a very long shutdown", the North Carolina Republican said.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer urged McConnell to allow the Democratic legislation to come to a vote in the chamber and said there was no reason to keep parts of the government unrelated to the border security issue shut down because of the wall standoff.

Trump himself made an appearance in the White House briefing room, where, flanked by members of the union for Border Patrol agents, he said he has "never had so much support as I have in the last week over my stance on border security. and for, frankly, the wall, or the barrier".

"Why not fully fund the Department of Homeland Security?"

Friday's White House meeting with Trump includes eight leaders - the top two Democrats and Republicans of both chambers. But so far there are no signs of a breakthrough or any movement.

Pelosi, elected speaker 220-192, took the gavel saying United States voters "demanded a new dawn" in the November election and are looking to "the beauty of our Constitution" to provide checks and balances on power. "We are not doing a wall".

A total of 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or working without pay since December 21, and won't receive their next paychecks until the government reopens. The food stamp program that millions of Americans rely on may grind to a halt beginning in February, and the Internal Revenue Service will not be able to process refunds. The bill passed by 239-192, with five Republicans joining Democrats.

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