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

A meeting Wednesday afternoon between White House officials and congressional leaders has wrapped up with no progress made on border security funding or reopening the federal government.

"We do have a crisis on the border right now". Trump arranged a briefing on the border at the White House situation room for lawmakers from both parties, the first face-to-face meeting between the president and Democratic leaders since the shutdown began.

But first, they'll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown.

Stirewalt said that Trump needs to figure out what he and his administration are willing to give up to end the shutdown altogether.

"They are now feeling the heat".

Part of the government has been shut down for 12 days due to Trump demanding funding for his border wall and Democrats insisting no funding be used for a wall.

"And we should just take one moment to exhale and just say we should be proud of ourselves because we have a beautiful-looking Congress", the filmmaker added.

It was unclear if the meeting would lead to a breakthrough in the standoff over a funding dispute that centers of Trump's demand that $5 billion in funding for a wall on the Mexican border to be part of any spending measure.

Back in 2011, stumping in New Hampshire for president, Perry rejected that approach: "I don't support a fence on the border".

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Still, the president said he is hopeful of working with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, whose party holds the new majority, and other Democrats in the new year.

Congressional leaders were unable to strike a deal to end a partial shutdown of the federal government at a meeting with Donald Trump on Thursday, and the president invited them to return to the White House on Friday for further negotiations.

The distance between the two sides seems to be growing, as Trump reneged on a deal Vice President Mike Pence offered last week that would have delivered $2.5 billion for the wall, instead of the $5.6 billion Trump wants.

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

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed this version of events to reporters outside the White House immediately after the briefing, saying "once the secretary started, Schumer interrupted her and didn't want to hear it".

The agencies that are unfunded and in shutdown mode include the Homeland Security Department that pays for the wall, as well as the Agriculture, Justice, Interior, Transportation, State and Housing departments. At the same time, administration officials said Trump was in no rush for a resolution to the impasse.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham urged the president to try and use this fight to tackle even more than the border issues. 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.

"She'll cut your head off and you won't even know you're bleeding", Alexandra Pelosi, who happens to also be the daughter of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, says of her mother.

Republican Representative Steve Scalise called on Democrats on Wednesday to come to an agreement and accused them of "playing games with the safety of our country".

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