New US Congress in Divided Government

New US Congress in Divided Government

The stopgap measure is meant to give lawmakers and the White House 30 days to negotiate.

Among the first tasks of the 116th Congress will be ending a almost two-week government shutdown that has left a quarter of federal agencies shuttered due to lapsed funding.

US Democrats swept back to power on Thursday in the House of Representatives with veteran Nancy Pelosi at the helm, but they came face to face with what may be a new divided government normal in Washington: legislative gridlock.

But two Senate Republicans who are up for reelection in 2020 broke with Trump and party leaders on their shutdown strategy, saying it was time to end the impasse even if Democrats won't give Trump the more than $5 billion in border funding he is demanding. "We will have no deal without a wall", he said. But the Democratic bill doesn't contain the border wall money the president is looking for, so the president said it's a non-starter.

That includes $12 billion in new money for foreign aid, $2 billion in funding Mr. Trump doesn't want to see in the Environmental Protection Agency and $7.1 billion he says isn't needed in the Housing and Urban Development Department.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) holds his daughter Kathryn as the U.S. House of Representatives meets for the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 3, 2019.

At 78, Pelosi is the first person to reclaim to the speakership in more than 60 years, winning support from all but a dozen Democrats after two months of horse trading and policy promises.

Judd claimed that federal employees would prefer a wall being built to the government shutdown.

The shutdown has lasted 13 days without any signs of compromise or earnest negotiations, with Democrats largely unifying and a number of Republicans flummoxed over Trump's strategy.

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Ten newly minted Democratic freshmen and five other critics from her party abandoned Pelosi, D-Calif.

Some House Democrats have released a rules package that would create a climate change committee and, controversially, a "pay as you go" rule.

While Republican women marked some firsts this past election season - like Marsha Blackburn becoming the first female Tennessee senator - the vast majority of these new lawmakers are Democrats.

And they will continue their oversight of the Trump administration and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Still, corralling a large House majority has never been easy, and Democrats are ushering in the largest class since the Watergate era.

"If Leader McConnell tonight would put the bill that's passing the House on the floor, it would pass", Schumer said, noting that the measures previously had been backed by Senate Republicans.

The first Muslim congresswomen - Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, who took her oath on the Koran, and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar, who became the first person to wear a hijab in Congress. Schlapp said the president preferred long-term budget legislation to fund all agencies for an entire year, over a short-term spending measure. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Kathleen Rice of NY and Seth Moulton of MA, her foes cited the need for younger, fresh leaders. She prefers a panel that focuses on renewable energy investments and whose members refuse campaign donations from oil and other fossil fuel industries. "Because this is about electing the jury to impeach (POTUS) and I will make a heck of juror", she wrote on Twitter in March. "It is awful economics", Khanna said on Twitter. The bill, which would provide money through the end of the fiscal year September 30, was approved, 241-190, with several House Republicans joining Democrats.

"As my mother used to say, 'This too shall pass, '" Jeffries said. Who should we be as a people?

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