McConnell Says 'No Deal' to House's Bill to Reopen the Government

03 January, 2019, 03:57 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Donald Trump 2019

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi made their first visit to the White House since their December 11 meeting with Trump, when he said he would be "proud" to take responsibility for a government shutdown in his effort to force Congress to spend billions of dollars on a wall along the southern border. Nor can they pin the blame on Pelosi for not retaking up the alternative House bill that included Trump's wall funding, because that bill was rejected by the Senate.

For Republicans, the Pelosi bill is a waste of time and does nothing to strengthen America's national security. We want to solve that issue.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he asked Trump why the government couldn't be reopened while the two sides work to resolve their differences. "And I think at the end of the day, the president, listening to him, he wants to solve this as well", McCarthy said.

Before and after the meeting, there was little talk of compromise as Trump and Democrats battled over his demand for border-wall funding, all but assuring the shutdown will barrel into a third week.

After the White House meeting ended with no resolution, Trump summoned congressional leaders back to the White House on Friday for more discussions.

The White House visit by Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer was their first since their televised showdown with Trump in the Oval Office last month.

Prospects for the two-part Democratic spending package that will be voted upon in the House appear grim in the Senate. "He could not give a good answer", Schumer said. House Democrats plan to advance legislation that would reopen key parts of the government but provide Trump no new money for a wall - one of their first acts after taking control of the chamber on Thursday.

The president is demanding more than $5 billion to build new walls along the U.S. -Mexico border, but Democrats held fast to their opposition Wednesday.

The Pelosi bill would fund the Department of Homeland Security until February 8.


Amid the stalemate over the wall, Trump shelved his annual Christmas vacation in Florida, choosing to remain in Washington and fire off a stream of angry, and often misleading tweets.

In a Cabinet meeting - flanked by an acting defense secretary and an acting interior secretary - he doubled down on his long-standing demand for a "big, attractive wall".

Making his case ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders, he said the current border is "like a sieve" and noted the tear gas "flying" overnight to deter arrivals.

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (R) and Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt attend a Cabinet meeting on day 12 of the partial US government shutdown at the White House in Washington, US, January 2, 2019.

After the meeting, Schumer told reporters that he asked Trump directly for a reason.

During the campaign, he promised a "great, great" wall made of reinforced concrete that would rise 30 feet or more and extend so far underground that it would be impossible to tunnel underneath.

Pence proposed a compromise nearly two weeks ago in a closed-door meeting with Democrats just hours before a shutdown of parts of government that lacked appropriations for the current fiscal year.

The President and Democrats are at odds over funding for a border wall. "We are giving him a Republican path to do that. So, we would hope that they would reconsider and would support the very bills that passed the Senate". 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 last year.

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