GOP Senator Cory Gardner Says Congress Should Reopen Government Without Wall

GOP Senator Cory Gardner Says Congress Should Reopen Government Without Wall

GOP Senator Cory Gardner Says Congress Should Reopen Government Without Wall

Meanwhile, a partial federal government shutdown over Trump's insistence that lawmakers fund a southern border wall neared the two-week mark. Democrats rejected the demand and parts of the federal government have been shut since December 22 because of lack of funding as a result.

The House is poised to pass legislation that would re-open the government, but without Trump's $5.6 billion request for a wall.

Prospects for the two-part Democratic spending package that will be voted upon in the House appear grim in the Senate.

Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the government remains partially shut down and President Donald Trump asks in a tweet, "Let's make a deal?".

Trump contended the Democrats see the shutdown fight as "an election point" as he celebrated his own first two years in office. He complained that Democrats interrupted Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen as she was trying to describe a awful situation at the border.

"That is so ridiculous: A. Mexico's not paying for it.and B. We have better use of funds to protect our border", Pelosi said. The shutdown was triggered by Trump's demand last month for the money for a U.S.

But today is special because Pelosi is going to go head to head with Trump himself, and we can't wait.

"We're talking about national security".

"I said, Mr. President, Give me one good reason why you should continue your shutdown", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said afterward.

In December, The New York Times published an opinion piece by a former Justice Department legal expert saying that Trump technically could be indicted but that it was unlikely to happen.

"We have no illusions that our work will be easy, that all of us in this chamber will always agree", Pelosi said after accepting the speaker's gavel.

Trump said there are as many as 35 million illegal immigrants in the United States, contradicting experts who say the number is far lower.

There will be 235 Democrats in the new Congress and there will be a variety of opinions on what to do about Trump.

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

The meeting came as the shutdown dragged through its second week, closing some parks and leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay.

Trump spoke during a White House meeting with his Cabinet as the partial government shutdown continues into its 12th day. On Wednesday Trump repeatedly pushed for the $5.6 billion he has demanded.

Pelosi has faced pressure from some incoming Democrats who have been willing to talk about the possibility of impeachment proceedings against Trump.

The session did not yield any breakthroughs, and Democrats said they remained committed to introducing the legislation Thursday.

"There is no amount of persuasion he (Trump) can do to say to us, 'We want you to do something that is not effective, that costs billions of dollars.' That sends the wrong message about who we are as a country".

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