President Donald Trump warned that the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which entered its 12th day on Wednesday, could last a "long time" as he stood firm in his demand for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall with Mexico. We want to solve that issue.
As of Wednesday, Trump has made it clear he won't accept the Democrats' offer to re-open the government. Although she gave him credit for shutting down the government, she then lamented, "He will fold in the end". "I asked him directly, I said, Mr. President, give me one good reason why you should continue your shutdown of the eight Cabinet departments while we are debating our differences on homeland security", Schumer said, according to CBS.
Responding to the Democratic plan, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders late Tuesday night called it a "non-starter" and said it won't reopen the government "because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens".
The second false point in Trump's Twitter post Wednesday is his statement that "much of the Wall has already been fully renovated or built".
Trump has demanded at least $5 billion in funding directed at creating the first stages of a new wall between the USA and Mexico that he repeatedly promised to voters during his campaign and over the first two years of his presidency, and which he said before his election that he would force Mexico to pay for.
Pelosi said the Democrats will still vote on Thursday, as Congress starts its new session with the Democratic party in the majority in the House after victories in the midterm elections last November.
"No, we are not giving up", Trump added. During the meeting Trump asked Department of Homeland Security officials to "make a plea" for his wall.
John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Sunday that Trump abandoned the notion of "a solid concrete wall early on in the administration". The incoming House Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy, said Trump invited leaders back to the White House on Friday.
About a quarter of the federal government ran out of operating money at midnight December 21 after Trump reneged on his commitment to a sign a short-term spending bill that had already passed the Senate on a unanimous vote.
Jeffries said that while Trump wants to "waste millions in taxpayer dollars on a medieval border wall", Democrats are drawing "a line in the stand" against the spending they say won't make the border any safer.
Whether the Republican-led Senate would consider the Democratic funding bills - or if Trump would sign either into law - was unclear. 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. Congress and the president are at an impasse over funding for Trump's pet project, a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.
But California Democrats have remained painfully silent on Singh's death - even though Pelosi and California Sens.