Pelosi invites Trump to give State of the Union on January 29

Pelosi invites Trump to give State of the Union on January 29

President Donald Trump made a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room Thursday where he congratulated Rep. Nancy Pelosi on her election as the next House speaker and again advocated for the construction of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The lower chamber on Thursday - the 13th day of the shutdown - passed six bills to fund the government for 2019 and an additional bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8.

The legislators took office Thursday in the middle of a partial government shutdown. But such cooperation across the political aisle appeared unlikely as Trump continued to dig in over his demand that Congress approve a $5 billion plan to construct a border wall aimed at thwarting illegal immigration - with Democrats unlikely to appease him.

While much of the attention has gone to Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the weeks leading up to the swearing in ceremony, Tlaib had a noteworthy first day in Washington. She is the only woman ever to serve as speaker and will preside over the most diverse U.S. House in history, including a record number of women and Latinos.

In one of the first acts of the new Congress, the House passed a short-term bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for about a month and a measure providing money for every other federal department or agency now without funding through the rest of the fiscal year, which goes through September.

Democrats also approved a separate measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown, at levels Senate Republicans had largely agreed to past year.

But that did not deter House Democrats.

Pelosi invites Trump to give State of the Union on January 29

The short-term bill for DHS passed the House 239-192, with five Republicans breaking ranks to join all Democrats in support of the bill. That cleared the way for a vote expected later in the evening on passage.

President Donald Trump pushed back on Friday, saying they're only acting because they know they can't win the White House in 2020.

She said she wants to end the shutdown but will not support the wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it a "total nonstarter" and a waste of time. "Let's not get off on the wrong foot, with House Democrats using their new platform to produce political statements rather than serious solutions".

On New Year's Eve, about 150 migrant caravan members rushed the San Diego border near Tijuana, Mexico, and threw a barrage of rocks at agents, while others tried to breach the border fence.

"The president needs an intervention", Schumer said. The press corps scrambled to fill the room, and about 10 minutes after making the announcement, Sanders entered and introduced President Trump, who stepped behind the podium for the first time since taking office.

Democrats won the majority of the House in the November mid-term elections, and the new representatives were sworn in on Thursday. We must rise to defend our Constitution, to defend our democracy, and to defend that bedrock principle that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States. Democrats disagree, with Pelosi calling the wall immoral, ineffective and expensive.

"We're talking about border security", Pelosi said in an interview with Today on January 3. However, the Republican side in the House is still made up mostly of white men, and in the Senate Republicans bolstered their ranks in the majority.

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