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US partisan divide on govt shutdown over border wall more sharply

18 January, 2019, 12:59 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
  • U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi answers questions during her weekly press conference

"However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now - with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs".

The White House has delivered several offers to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to end the shutdown, but they have been rebuffed at every turn.

Pelosi suggested Trump also consider delivering the speech in writing to Congress on the day it was originally scheduled, January 29.

The State of the Union address is an annual speech in which the president outlines the administration's goals for the year.

Presidents traditionally deliver their State of the Union messages at the invitation of the House speaker, although as Pelosi noted in her letter, until the Wilson administration most simply sent written messages to lawmakers.

"I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and unsafe Southern Border finally receive the attention, funding and security it so desperately deserves!" he concluded. He also tweeted, "What are Democrats afraid of Americans hearing?" Pelosi was scheduled to take US military transportation, which Mr. Trump has the ability to halt, a senior White House official told CBS News.

Lawmakers were supposed to be in their districts and states next week after Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but the House and Senate planned to cancel the recess if the shutdown persists.

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"Republican support for the wall is at record high, while Democratic support has reached a new low", the Pew said in a report, reports Xinhua news agency. Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russian Federation sanctions MORE (D-Calif.) is receiving a paycheck during the shutdown, while dozens of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have pledged to donate their salaries or otherwise refuse them amid the shutdown.

The Democratic-led House has again passed a bill to reopen the shuttered portions of the government, but like its predecessors the measure appears doomed in the GOP-controlled Senate and faces a veto promise from President Donald Trump.

"What the president wants to do is get a bigger down payment so it (the wall) can be built faster", former House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a speech at the National Press Club in October.

Earlier Wednesday, President Trump had a "constructive" meeting with the bipartisan group of Congress members dubbed the Problem Solvers Caucus to negotiate during the shutdown, reported CNN.

The longest-ever government shutdown is a result of the bitter political divided over birder security issue as the Democrats who now enjoy majority in the House have refused to approve a legislation approving Dollars 5.7 billion in federal funding to construct a wall across the US-Mexico border. Democrats, he said, have turned Trump's wall into "something evil" and it's time to get the country off the "political carousel" of the shutdown fight. Chris Coons, D-Del., to reopen the government for three weeks while talks continue.

"The president - who is not well-known for flexibility - has been more flexible than the other side", said Sen. "I can't imagine telling the President of United States - one, they are not negotiating with him on the shutdown and, two, now they are going to tell him he can't come to the Capitol to them".



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