Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump says shutdown could last for 'months or even years'

Trump says shutdown could last for 'months or even years'

Pelosi said Friday, "We really can not resolve this until we open up government, and we made that very clear to the president".

"We're not doing a wall", Pelosi told reporters before the votes largely along party lines.

"There is no amount of persuasion he can use" to get her to fund his wall, Pelosi said in an interview that aired Thursday on NBC's "Today". The impeachment process would further require the consent of both the House and two-thirds of the Senate, which is still a Republican majority.

Hours before the vote, the White House said advisers to President Donald Trump would recommend that he veto the measure if Congress passed it without any additional money for Trump's proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.

"I don't think the president or his team fully appreciate how miserable having a House Democratic majority will be", said one Republican consultant on condition of anonymity.

On Thursday, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urged McConnell to put the House Democratic package on the Senate floor and send it to Trump. If they reject funding bills for departments unconnected to border security, Republicans could be seen as holding those agencies and their roughly 800,000 affected workers hostage to Trump's desire to build a wall.

Trump is set to meet with congressional leadership again at the White House on January 4.

When Pelosi announced that the first legislation to pass under her leadership would be bills ending the partial government shutdown - bills that had already won strong Republican support in the Senate previous year - McConnell quickly responded that he would not bring them to the floor because Trump would not sign them.

The first signal Trump has given that he may be willing to talk about the wall impasse came Tuesday, when he tweeted, "Let's make a deal?" "But essentially we need protection in our country.

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The Democrats know they can't win based on all of the achievements of 'Trump, ' so they are going all out on the desperately needed Wall and Border Security".

On the 13th day of the government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced a surprise press briefing with a "very special guest": President Donald Trump. Democrats expect to quickly pass legislation to re-open the government - without funds for Trump's border wall.

"We won't be opening until it's solved", Trump said.

In their first legislative victory since taking power earlier in the day, the two bills to reopen the government cleared an important procedural hurdle as the House approved the rules for debating the two measures.

Judd claimed that federal employees would prefer a wall being built to the government shutdown. "To hear this coming straight from congressional leaders does not instill a lot of hope".

"What we're asking the Republicans in the Senate to do is to take yes for an answer", new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at the news conference. When he ran for president in 2016, he vowed Mexico would pay for the wall, which it has refused to do.

Though some Senate Republicans broke with Trump and leadership, others cautioned about what would happen if he caved on his signature promise.

"The president needs an intervention", Schumer said.

The shutdown is affecting about a quarter of the portion of the federal government funded by Congress, since the Pentagon and major agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services have already been funded through September 30 by spending bills passed by Congress earlier in the year.

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