GOP Senator Cory Gardner Says Congress Should Reopen Government Without Wall

The White House on Thursday issued a veto threat against both parts of the Democratic legislation.

He said the Democrats quickly interrupted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when she tried to explain it and didn't even listen to her.

"But let each of us pledge that when we disagree, we will respect each other and we will respect the truth", she added.

Congressional leaders arrived at the White House on Wednesday for a briefing in which President Donald Trump and homeland security officials will press their case for a border wall as he held fast to his demand for $5 billion in wall funding that triggered a partial government shutdown now in its 12th day.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday his chamber, still in Republican hands, would not vote on the Democratic legislation, calling it a "political sideshow" and "total non-starter".

"I remain ready and willing to work with Democrats", Trump tweeted after the meeting.

"I think what they really want to do is score points against the president". "We're giving him a Republican path to do that". Hours later he followed with another post, declaring, "Sadly, there can be no REAL Border Security without the Wall!"

With the Democrats having won back control of the House of Representatives in the November midterms, Pelosi will likely once again become Speaker of the House when the new congress officially convenes on Thursday - despite some rumblings that younger, more progressive members of the party wanted to mount an effort to oust her.

McCarthy said the president asked lawmakers to discuss other ways to end the shutdown.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is among those institutions closed due to the partial government shutdown.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says the president couldn't give a good answer why the shutdown should continue.

"I believe we need a new generation of leadership in our country", Crow said in a statement. Democratic appropriators and leaders discussed the idea with Vermont Sen.

The Democrats assert that such a move is a "waste" of taxpayers' money.

Allowing the shutdown to drag on carries risks as well.

Newly sworn in Democratic Congressman Joe Neguse of Colorado enjoyed prime seating behind Pelosi during the nomination process on the floor of the House. That, according to several aides involved in the process, has been viewed as the unofficial moment talks may begin, but there still remains no clear pathway forward for an agreement. We expect a one-sided, non-factual presentation. And B, we have better use of funds to protect our border.

Bergman says border security needs to be the top priority of the new Congress.

But while the "blue wave" swept dozens of House Republicans out of Congress last November, Trump's party managed to modestly expand its majority in the Senate, meaning Washington gridlock is nearly certain to deepen. A senior Democratic aide said, "It not a meeting, it is a briefing".

  • Rogelio Becker