On Day 1 in power, House Democrats challenge Trump on shutdown

On Day 1 in power, House Democrats challenge Trump on shutdown

On Day 1 in power, House Democrats challenge Trump on shutdown

Democratic leaders after a meeting at the White House told reporters they would continue to push their own legislation to reopen the USA federal government after President Donald Trump failed to provide a good reason for not ending the shutdown.

Democrats said they asked Trump directly during Wednesday's private meeting held in the Situation Room why he wouldn't consider their package of bills.

Separately, Trump has invited the top Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to the White House on Wednesday for what congressional sources described as a border security briefing.

The White House called Pelosi's plan a non-starter.

So far, the administration has rejected a proposal from Democrats to re-open government without money to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. He called the border a "sieve", rebutted Democratic complaints that a wall was immoral, provided an estimate of the US illegal immigrant population far higher than the figures most experts cite and made disputed comments about progress toward building a wall.

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.

Now as the partial shutdown enters its 12th day, the President and his allies continue to signal that the current stalemate is the Democrats' fault for being unwilling to provide $5 billion for a border wall, rather than Trump's fault for his unwillingness to compromise on that number.

Trump said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol officials will make a plea for a wall at the meeting.

The other one, building upon six bipartisan bills, will fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

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Speaking during the Cabinet meeting, Mr Trump said he was sure the Supreme Court would side with him and that the administration would then be able to make a deal easily on the so-called Dreamers and the wall.

The government has been partially shut down for almost two weeks, and President Donald Trump's competing desires to hold his ground for more border security funding and shift blame for the impasse onto Democrats have made it even harder to reach a deal to reopen it.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become Speaker on Thursday (local time), said Democrats would take action to "end the Trump Shutdown" by immediately passing legislation to reopen Government.

Democrats rejected the demand and parts of the federal government have been shut since December 22 because of lack of funding as a result. "It's so insignificant compared to what we're talking about". "That was 30 years ago", she said.

He has since blamed Democrats for the shutdown. Pelosi said in October that demanding them "is one of the first things we'd do".

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Don Stewart, said Monday that the chamber won't take up legislation that the president won't sign, leaving it up to Trump and Democrats to come to terms.

"It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported", the statement said.

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