U.S. shutdown enters 13th day, Democrats and Republicans disagree over wall funding

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Democrats wasted no time flexing their new power in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as they manoeuvred to pass legislation backed by new Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would end a 13-day partial government shutdown while ignoring President Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion for a border wall.

Trump has demanded $5 billion for wall construction.

The Senate passed that bill unanimously and then Trump refused to sign it, at which point the House declined to bring it up for a vote.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi was elected on Thursday to be the new speaker of the US House of Representatives as her party took majority control of the chamber following its election victory in November.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News that Democrats cut off Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen "within five seconds" and didn't care what she had to say.

One of the border officers said they have "skin in the game", and the group assembled with Trump have "nothing to do with" politics.


He said, "I'm in Washington, I'm ready, willing, and able".

The president now claims incorrectly that Mexico will pay for the wall in a renegotiated NAFTA trade deal that has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Congress.

-Mexican border wall - opposed by Democrats - as part of any legislation funding government agencies.

Prospects for the two-part Democratic spending package that will be voted upon in the House appear grim in the Senate.

Rep. Brad Sherman is reintroducing the impeachment articles that he first filed in 2017 with Democratic co-sponsor Rep. Al Green of Texas, a spokesman said. "We're giving him a Republican path to do that. Why would he not do it?"

The lawmakers were invited to return to the White House on Friday to continue talks.


For Democrats, that means they will not put anything on the table beyond the current $1.3 billion for border security. It's the oath of office we take to protect and defend. The political journalist replied unflinchingly: "She'll cut your head off and you won't even know it's bleeding".

"We need to fund the president's request", said Bergman.

"Democrats will have to get serious about border security so that a government funding agreement may be reached that can pass the House, earn 60 votes here in the Senate, and receive a presidential signature", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "He could not give a good answer".

"The only reason that they are shutting down the government is very simple", said Schumer. We believe ours our better.

"It could be a long time", Trump told reporters during a cabinet meeting, "or it could be quickly".

Pelosi and Schumer, citing the bipartisan nature of the full-year funding measures and the unanimous Senate support before the partial shutdown of a stopgap bill to fund the government to February 8, attempted to ramp up the rhetorical pressure on Republicans in advance of the House votes. "It was a civil discussion".


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