They basically said - and I think I can take the word basically out - without a wall you cannot have border security.
"We enter this new Congress with a sense of great hope and confidence for the future and deep humility", Pelosi said in remarks shortly after being elected to the speakership. The impeachment process would further require the consent of both the House and two-thirds of the Senate, which is still a Republican majority. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, reiterated today that the Senate will only take up Government spending legislation that Trump supports.
In addition, the House voted 239-192, including backing by five Republicans, to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current spending levels through February 8 with $1.3 billion for border security but no money to build a wall.
On Thursday Democratic committee chairs - newly vested with subpoena power - began to lay out their plans to investigate President Trump and his administration. But the Democratic bill doesn't contain the border wall money the president is looking for, so the president said it's a non-starter. He's invited Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to a White House meeting Wednesday on border security.
In their first votes of the new Congress, House Democrats approved bills Thursday night to re-open government at previously agreed upon levels. "We will have no deal without a wall". "I pledge that this Congress will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying, that we will seek to reach across the aisle in this country, and across divisions across our nation". "We have skin in the game". The House Democrats scheduled votes for their legislation to reopen the government just hours after the swearing-in ceremonies wrapped up.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, the new Democratic chair of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees Homeland Security funding, said there are other pressing needs for the billions of dollars that Trump wants to put toward the wall, like money to hire more customs agents and buy a heavy ice breaker for the Coast Guard.
Hopefully we're going to have a lot of things we can get done together and I think it's actually going to work out, said Mr Trump.
The president is scheduled to meet again with lawmakers on January 4 at the White House, after a January 2 meeting failed to reach an agreement to end the partial government shutdown that has been in place since December 22.
McConnell responded that Schumer's idea was a "total nonstarter" and a waste of time.
Now over 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay due to the shutdown. The video concludes with footage of Trump at the border along with audio from one of his rallies in which he vows to build his promised border wall and the crowd chants "Build the wall!"
Since taking over in 2017, Trump has continued to assert that a wall is needed but has backed away from insisting that Mexico pay for it.
Keeping Donald Trump in check will be among her top challenges as she presides over the House through the 2020 elections, when her party aims to dethrone the Republican commander-in-chief.
"If he gives in now, that's the end of 2019 in terms of him being an effective president", said Sen.
The second part would fund the other federal agencies that are now unfunded including the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Justice, through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year.
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