House OKs bill to reopen USA gov’t through February 8

House OKs bill to reopen USA gov’t through February 8

The shutdown, the longest in United States history, dragged into its 25th day on Tuesday with neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders showing signs of bending on the topic that triggered it-funding for a wall that Trump promised to build along the border with Mexico. Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that she has a conservative approach towards Trump.

Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat, said it would be "odd" for the president to deliver the speech during a shutdown. Trump said in a tweet. "I haven't had one Democrat come up to me and say, 'Let's do a deal with the government shut down.' They're all saying, 'There's something we can do, but we just can't do it now. Why?"

Trump met a bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday that included seven Democrats.

Trump and the Democrats in Congress remain deadlocked over the proposed border wall on the US-Mexico border, with the president demanding $5.7 billion for the barrier and his opponents proposing smaller funding commitments, which the president rejected.


Trump has reiterated his demand for $5.7 billion to fund the wall, asserting that the "growing crisis" of illegal immigration is hurting millions of Americans. It's the third time McConnell has blocked legislation -already passed by the House - that would end the shutdown.

The government shutdown is leaving an increasingly deep impact across the country, where Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, museum workers, Coast Guard personnel and other officials are either not at work or having to work for nothing. The House and Senate had voted to give the workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday the department has called back 2,500 employees to reopen Farm Service Agency offices on Thursday, Friday and next Tuesday to process existing farm loans and provide tax documents.

A bipartisan group of senators plan to send a letter to President Donald Trump requesting for a temporary reopening of the government in exchange for serious debate of the president's desired border protections, Politico reports.


"The base may be happy but recognition that there's a broad swath that's frustrated with both sides", said the person familiar with the campaign. But any appropriation of funds to start building a wall would nearly certainly be challenged in court.

Between Dec. 30 and January 12, the Trump campaign spent more on Facebook than any other political organization - an effort one Trump campaign aide described as part of an attempt to fill a messaging gap from the White House rather than to pounce on a politically advantageous issue.

Vice President Mike Pence informed U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents of the news, The Hill reported.

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said Tuesday the shutdown is slowing growth more than predicted. But with the shutdown in its fourth week, the White House and Democrats in a stalemate and the impasse draining the finances of hundreds of thousands of federal employees, little routine is left in the capital. They are increasingly concerned about the toll the shutdown could take on the administration. While these opinions are little changed from a year ago, they are lower than evaluations of ethics of top officials for presidents dating back to Reagan.


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