No Deal Out Of 'Contentious' Shutdown Meeting At The White House

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The second part would fund the other federal agencies that are now unfunded including the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Justice, through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

However, the impasse is likely to remain as the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to block the legislation amid veto threats by the White House.

It's a cold opening for the new majority, setting up an early confrontation with the Republican-led Senate and the White House and testing the House Democrats' ability to make good on their campaign pledge to focus on kitchen-table issues in the new era of divided government.

And at the end, the two sides seemed no closer to resolving their standoff over funding a border wall that has forced a partial government shutdown now hitting the two-week mark, with the possibility of lasting much longer. "We are extremely grateful to President Donald Trump and fully support what he is doing".

They're set to approve a rules package on Thursday that sets a new tone for governing.

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Pelosi also took a shot a Trump, calling his proposal "a wall between reality and his constituents".

"Without a wall you cannot have border security", Trump said. He then left without taking questions from reporters.

Comments from the most politically vulnerable members of McConnell's caucus suggested discomfort with the majority leader's approach, and a desire for a quick resolution to the shutdown.

"We're talking about border security", Pelosi said in an interview with the "Today" show. But when pressed in private Wednesday by Democrats asking why he wouldn't end the shutdown, he responded at one point, "I would look foolish if I did that".

The president is due to resume budget talks with top Democrats and Republicans on Friday. "A wall is an immorality between countries". "We have skin in the game".

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In one of the first acts of the new Congress, the House passed a short-term bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for about a month and a measure providing money for every other federal department or agency now without funding through the rest of the fiscal year, which goes through September.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was slated to give the congressional leaders a border security briefing, but was interrupted by Democrats and was unable to deliver the briefing. They filed legislation to go after the president's tax returns and vowed to reopen a Russian Federation probe House Republicans closed previous year.

Even if the legislation doesn't have the border money Trump wants, Gardner said, "We can pass legislation that has the appropriations number in it while we continue to get more but we should continue to do our jobs and get the government open and let Democrats explain why they no longer support border security". "This has a higher goal than next week's pay", he said, adding that many of those affected "are the biggest fans" of his insistence on the wall.

In the past, Congress has approved back pay for federal workers, but the American Federation of Government Employees, which announced the lawsuit on Monday, called the requirement to work without pay "inhumane". Raising the minimum wage, protecting Mueller, requiring tax returns of presidential candidates and offering a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, particularly those brought into the country as children, are all popular among the general public but have been blocked by Republican House leaders in the past.

Visitors to Smithsonian museums, among Washington's most popular tourist attractions, were being turned away during the shutdown, as were visitors to numerous nation's federal parks.

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