House to pass funding bill but talks stuck

House to pass funding bill but talks stuck

House to pass funding bill but talks stuck

President Donald Trump is scheduled to be at Camp David for a retreat with White House staff on border security and other topics. About 800,000 government workers are either furloughed or working without pay.

People familiar with the session but not authorized to speak publicly described Trump as holding forth at length on a range of subjects but said he made clear he was firm in his demand for $5.6 billion in wall funding and in rejecting the Democrats' request to reopen the government.

Those on the job and not being paid include airline security officers from the Transportation Security Administration, FBI agents, and others.

"We have a five-month -ld son so we have about a month left before we're going to have to start having those hard conversations about what to do next", he said.

Nancy Pelosi, the new Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, said this week that Trump's proposed wall was "immoral" and a "waste of money". And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested Sunday that pressure would only mount amid the shutdown, which he said is disrupting Transportation Security Administration operations, home loans and farmers in his state.

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this president doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion-dollar wall on the border", said Schiff, D-Calif.

Trump's demand for billions for the barrier has forced a partial government shutdown that is now in its third week.

"I'm very proud of doing what I'm doing", the president added.

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"It's about safety, it's about security for our country", he said. Democrats emerged from the meeting, which both sides said was contentious at times, to report little if any progress. "We all hoped, frankly, that once Speaker Pelosi had secured the votes to become speaker on the floor that her willingness to negotiate would be more evident, that she would be willing to come to the table to do what's right for the American people". He said Trump was willing to forgo a concrete wall for steel or other materials.

President Trump believes a wall is the best way of stemming an influx of drugs and gangs from Central and South America.

Just the evening of her swearing-in ceremony, the new congresswoman - who happens to be one of the two first Muslim American women elected to Congress - shouted to a crowd, "We're going to go in and impeach the motherf**ker".

Democrats, who now hold the majority in the House, passed spending bills on Thursday to reopen the government, including $1.3bn (£1bn) of border security funds until 8 February.

Vice President Mike Pence is leading a second round of talks with congressional aides on Sunday about the issue, but Trump said he did not expect those talks to produce results.

The Senate had actually reached bipartisan agreement on a budget but Mr Trump then refused to back it, demanding the funding for the wall.

"McConnell, but I would like to see him bring the House-passed bills to the Senate floor", Mrs. Collins, Maine Republican, said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Some GOP senators up for re-election in 2020, including Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of ME, have voiced discomfort with the shutdown in recent days.

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