House Democrats to pass plan to reopen government Thursday

House Democrats to pass plan to reopen government Thursday

House Democrats to pass plan to reopen government Thursday

President Donald Trump invited Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to the White House on Wednesday for a border security briefing on the 12th day of a partial federal government shutdown triggered by the Republican president's demand for $5 billion in border wall funding.

Pelosi has said that Democrats will pass legislation to reopen government but not provide funding for a wall.

Senior Department of Homeland Security officials will brief the congressional leaders, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, on the last day of the Republican-controlled 2017-2018 Congress.

Ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders, Trump said the current border is "like a sieve" and noted the tear gas "flying" overnight to deter arrivals.

The last real shutdown, which occurred in January of past year, came to a quiet end after only three days, when Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer frittered away what little power he had during the still-unresolved debate over the future of DACA recipients.

Alexandra Pelosi's comments came just hours before her mother and other congressional leaders met with President Trump to discuss the ongoing government shutdown.

"Well, then you got to do something about the Vatican, because the Vatican has the biggest wall of them all", Trump said.

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Trump has demanded at least $5 billion in funding directed at creating the first stages of a new wall between the US and Mexico that he repeatedly promised to voters during his campaign and over the first two years of his presidency, and which he said before his election that he would force Mexico to pay for. The administration has so far rejected the plan, which does not include funding to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"We also want to make sure that we can conduct ourselves in a humane fashion on the border".

The shutdown was triggered by Trump's demand that Congress allocate more than $5bn in taxpayer money to build a wall along the 2,000-mile border between the USA and Mexico - a concession Democrats refuse to make. Outside economists and trade experts, however, said the revisions in the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has rebranded the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, will not bring in to the U.S. Treasury anywhere near what is necessary to pay for a wall.

"I think I would have been a good general, but who knows?" he said.

For the White House, the final position is more ambiguous: Vice President Mike Pence put a proposal for $2.5 billion for a combination border security and immigration priority funding on the table last week, but was rebuffed by Schumer.

Trump contended the Democrats see the shutdown fight as "an election point" as he celebrated his own first two years in office.

"We were hopeful that we could get more of a negotiation", said McCarthy.

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In a typically varied Trump style, the president also addressed the recent departure of Jim Mattis, claiming he had effectively fired him, rather than General Mattis choosing to leave.

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters as she emerged from the meeting.

Mr Trump made the border wall a key part of his presidential campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, though, said he will not take up legislation that Trump has not endorsed, which means the shutdown will continue. And so he hunkered down in the White House over Christmas, and spent New Year's Eve tweeting through it.

The partial government shutdown began on December 22. "The wall is immoral? That was 30 years ago", she said.

Some 800,000 federal workers are impacted, including around 350,000 who have been furloughed while the rest stay on the job wondering whether they will end up getting paid.

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