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Rep. Crenshaw: Wall Crucial Part of Border Security

Rep. Crenshaw: Wall Crucial Part of Border Security

Nancy Pelosi has said that the new Democratic House will approve its own plan to end the shutdown-a plan Trump's White House has already deemed a "non-starter". But Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill have previously supported $1.3 billion for border security, an amount far less than the $5 billion the president has insisted on, and Democrats have refused to accede to Trump's demand for funding specifically for building a border wall. Vice President Mike Pence said "I want to thank you for the strong stand you have taken on border security", adding the administration "is ready to deal, we have an offer on the table". The location means the conversation will not be televised, unlike the volatile sitdown during which Democratic leaders talked back to Trump last month. Some Republicans in the House may end up voting for the bill, and there's a possibility that if the shutdown drags on for long enough, Senate Republicans could pass the bill and both chambers could override Trump's veto.

"We have given the Republicans a chance to take yes for an answer".

The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is among those institutions closed due to the partial government shutdown.

The president made his case anew ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders about the migrants arriving at the border in recent days.

US Democrats, who regain control of the House of Representatives on Thursday (Jan 3), have pledged to challenge Donald Trump on multiple fronts: from Congressional inquiries on Russian election meddling to battles over immigration and health care, as murmurs about impeachment proceedings persist.

Democrats have noted Trump repeatedly promised during his campaign and earlier in his presidency that Mexico would pay for the wall, not US taxpayers. It is being held in the White House's secure "Situation Room", and the media will not be invited for any portion of it, according to guidance sent from the White House.




Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the incoming minority leader, panned the Democratic effort to reopen government without wall money. "It is not helping the president it's not helping the Republicans to be the owners of this shutdown", Schumer said.

Mr Trump told the meeting he had fired Gen Mattis, and asked rhetorically: "What's he done for me?"

But while fencing has been expanded and replaced, no work has been begun on a border wall.

But he seemed to shift tactics later in the day, appealing to Ms Pelosi.

But the new majority will quickly pivot Thursday to a pair of bills to fund the parts of the government that have been shuttered in the dispute over money for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico. "Let's make a deal?" he wrote. At the same time, administration officials said Trump was in no rush for a resolution to the impasse, believing he has public opinion and his base on his side. Major agencies like the Pentagon and the Health and Human Services Department have already been funded through the end of the fiscal year September 30, thanks to spending bills passed by Congress earlier in the year and signed by Trump.

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