Trump Invites Congressional Leaders For Talks As Shutdown Continues

Democrats maneuver to end shutdown without Trump wall money Posted

Democrats maneuver to end shutdown without Trump wall money Posted

About a quarter of the federal government ran out of money December 22 after Democrats refused to give Trump $5 billion for border wall construction-his core campaign promise-and he has refused to sign a funding bill without it.

Graham told media he proposed to Trump a plan where he gets the wall money, while Democrats would get temporary protection from deportation for illegal immigrants that came to the United States as children.

"The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Sign declares the National Archive is closed due to partial federal government shutdown in US.

For the federal government, the fiscal year runs from October 1 of a given year to September 30 of the next year.

HEGSETH: So, how far are you willing to go, Mr. President?

The battle over border security is reaching a critical point as the new Congress is set to take over on January 3.

Senate Democrats support the measures, according to a senior aide who was unauthorized to discuss the plan and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The president has not said he would veto the Democratic legislation, if the bills were to land on his desk. But the idea of clouding Pelosi's speakership only emboldens Trump, the officials said. A prolonged crisis could hobble House Democrats' ability to launch their agenda, which included investigations of the president and oversight of his administration, including Russian interference in the election.

The White House is seen, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Washington. Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

Other Republicans are of the same mind. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. The last time you shut it down, it didn't work. "Nobody wins in a shutdown, we all lose".

Democrats in the House unveiled two bills Monday to put hundreds of thousands of federal workers back on the job.

Democratic leaders haven't publicly said whether they'll accept the invitation.

A coalition of advocacy groups, including the ACLU, sent Pelosi and Schumer a letter Friday opposing extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security for a full year, citing concerns that such an approach "clearly funds Trump's wall project and must be rejected". The Senate would not take it up because (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer would not allow the Democrats to provide the 60 votes necessary to take the bill up for consideration. The issue of funding a border wall has become a political hot potato which has led President Trump to feebly ask Pelosi via Twitter "Let's make a deal?"

"As we pass strong, bipartisan legislation to reopen government, which has already received strong bipartisan support in the Senate", she said. They're also planning early moves on health care, including a resolution to fight the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Non-border-related agencies include the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Justice.

A spokeswoman for the ACLU said Monday that the group supports extending Homeland Security funding to February 8, which would allow newly empowered Democrats more latitude in determining the agency's budget for the remainder of fiscal 2018.

McChrystal was forced to resign in 2010 after making disparaging comments about Obama administration officials in a Rolling Stone article. "But I think he's very open minded".

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