Trump invites Democrats to border security briefing amid shutdown

Nancy Pelosi
Chuck Schumer

Retiring Speaker Paul Ryan will not.

On Monday, Pelosi and Schumer jointly announced a Democratic plan to reopen the government.

The legislation sets the stage for the first major battle of the new Congress between House Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Democrats, who are set to take control of the House on Thursday, have reportedly prepared a series of spending bills to reopen the government, including a stopgap bill to fund the Homeland Security Department without the 5 billion U.S. dollars Trump has demanded for his U.S. -Mexico border wall.

As Republicans relinquish their hold on Congress, and House Speaker Paul Ryan gives up the gavel, the White House is eager for a showdown with Pelosi believing the crisis will tarnish the opening of the new legislative session, and with it, her expected return to the speaker's office.

To some degree, both Democratic and Republican aides on Capitol Hill say, that has left them with little idea of what the President would actually support in a final deal. It doesn't include money for the president's desired wall on the border. John Thune, have also been invited, as have Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and whip Dick Durbin.

The Democrats' spending plan includes no money for Trump's border wall, which the US leader derided in a New Year's Day Twitter comment. "We have to have border security and the wall is a big part of border security".

But he seemed to shift tactics later in the day, appealing to Pelosi.

But, President Trump's Twitter page suggests he's not budging on that wall, which he said is essential to border security. So what can they give to them that would make the Democrats want to make a deal?

The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution earlier this month with $5.7 billion for a border wall, yet the Senate approved a different measure without Trump's request.

But McConnell spokesman David Popp said that the nuclear option was not on the table because the necessary votes to change the rule were not available.

The Times noted that this isn't the first time Kelly has taken issue with Trump's stances related to immigration.

Democrats have called the wall project ineffective and expensive, despite previously backing construction of 700 miles of border fencing as part of a 2013 bill that also included a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

The legislation doesn't include any designated funds for President Donald Trump's border wall, although The Associated Press reports it could have some $1.3 billion for border security.

The plan is to pass two separate bills, one reopening eight departments - which have been closed since December 22 - through September 2019 and another temporarily reopening the Department of Homeland Security through February 8. Those will provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to 30 September.

Democrats under House leader Nancy Pelosi were all but certain to swiftly approve the package in two separate votes Thursday. Trump tweets: "You voted yes in 2006 and 2013". Senators were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation to avert the shutdown.

Democrats in the House unveiled two bills Monday to put hundreds of thousands of federal workers back on the job.

At least one Republican, South Carolina Sen.

Trump sparked chants of "Build that wall!" at rallies before and after his election and more recently cited a lack of funding for a border wall as the reason for partially shutting down the government.

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