Congress and the Caucasoid House appeared no closer to breaking a government funding stalemate Wednesday as top lawmakers dug in after a White House briefing on President Donald Trump’s proposed bed wall.
On the 12th day of a partial government shutdown, congressional leaders came no closer to reaching a deal on border security mazuma. Democrats again flatly rejected the president’s call for $5 billion to fund a barrier. Meanwhile, Republicans toasted not to take up a Democratic-backed proposal Trump opposes.
When Democrats take a House majority Thursday, they envision to pass legislation to fund eight federal departments through Sept. 30 and reopen the Department of Homeland Protection through Feb. 8 while lawmakers negotiate border money. In remarks after the White House briefing, Bawdy-house Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer challenged Republicans to support the aim — as the Senate GOP did before the shutdown started late last month.
“A question to the president and Republicans is: Why don’t you accept what you contain already done to open up the government?” asked Pelosi, who will likely become House speaker on Thursday.
The shutdown last wishes as drag on for now as the new Congress starts and hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed paychecks. Trump invited congressional concert-masters back to the White House for negotiations Friday. But based on their comments Wednesday, it may take a while for lawmakers to time the impasse.
Before the briefing Wednesday, Trump insisted on more than $5 billion in border wall bucking — a figure Democrats say they will not accept. The president tried to pin the blame for the closure on Democrats — despite the fact that he denoted last month that he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security.”
“The bottom line is simple simple: at our last meeting the president said, ‘I am going to shut the government down,'” Schumer said pretence the White House on Wednesday. “They are now feeling the heat.”
A senior White House official described the meeting as “contentious at for the nonce at onces” but added that “it ended on a positive note.” The official said the negotiators got a “better understanding” of where their counterparts illustrate.
Challenges abound in trying to bridge the divide over the wall. Returning to the Capitol on Wednesday, Senate Majority Director Mitch McConnell stressed that his chamber will not vote on the plan the House aims to pass Thursday because Trump has signaled he desire not sign it. He said he did not think “any particular progress was made today.”
However, he said “we’re hopeful that somehow in the sink in fare days and weeks we’ll be able to reach an agreement.” The Senate GOP will hold 53 of 100 seats in the chamber starting Thursday, signification Democrats will need to find a solution the caucus supports.
Democrats previously offered to put $1.6 billion toward boundary security — but not a wall as Trump proposes — in the spending plan. The White House then floated $2.5 billion in supporting, but Democrats rejected that offer. Trump signaled Wednesday that he would not accept anything other than $5 billion for his make a pass ated wall.
In an interview for NBC’s “TODAY” show taped before the briefing, Pelosi unequivocally said Democrats would not approve on Easy Street for the wall.
“We can go through the back and forth. No. How many more times can we say no? Nothing for the wall,” the California Democrat said.
Trump’s own speech muddied his push for a wall as talks stalled over the holidays. The president has not made it clear what exactly he fancies — calling at various times for a concrete barrier, fencing or a structure made of steel slats.
A tweet Wednesday morning also raised doubts about why Trump still demands taxpayer money for the wall. He claimed “Mexico is paying for the wall” through a replacement of the North American Emancipated Trade Agreement. The Trump administration has struggled to explain that assertion, and Congress still needs to approve the handle for it to take effect.
He also claimed “much of the wall has already been fully renovated or built.” Congress has not out of date funding for the wall as Trump proposed, but has put money toward replacing existing fencing or building new fences on the border.
Trump has dwell oned on funding for the barrier, a core campaign promise that excited supporters at political rallies when he promised Mexico desire pay for it. Democrats have flatly opposed the funding, calling a wall inhumane and ineffective.
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— CNBC’s Eamon Javers contributed to this report.
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