Trump invites congressional leaders to discuss gov't shutdown

Trump invites congressional leaders to discuss gov't shutdown

Trump invites congressional leaders to discuss gov't shutdown

"It's simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won't sign", said a spokesman for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

"Everyone has to get back in Washington", U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said on Monday's MetroNews "Talkline".

Trump, however, is still insisting that any deal include billions of dollars to fund his long-stalled southern border wall.

The president says he's willing to negotiate but has continued to criticize Democrats on social media. No, we are not giving up. "I campaigned on Border Security, which you can not have without a strong and powerful Wall", he tweeted.

Similar proposals were passed by the Republican-controlled Senate in recent days, until Trump suddenly withdrew his support. Trump tweets: "You voted yes in 2006 and 2013".

Senators were frustrated that Mr Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation.

Pelosi and Schumer, citing the bipartisan nature of the full-year funding measures and the unanimous Senate support before the partial shutdown of a stopgap bill to fund the government to February 8, attempted to ramp up the rhetorical pressure on Republicans in advance of the House votes. Those bills will provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

But the Senate doesn't plan to rubber-stamp the House plan. If approved, the bills would go to the Senate. "Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall", Trump tweeted.

The shutdown has affected nine cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, forcing about 420,000 federal employees, who are deemed essential, to work without pay, while 380,000 others are expected to take unpaid leave.

Trump could accept or reject either bill, and it's unclear how he would respond.

Meanwhile, House Democrats are unveiling legislation to re-open the government without money for President Donald Trump's border all.

"Please explain to the Democrats that there can NEVER be a replacement for a good old fashioned WALL!" he tweeted. Others said border security could include a wall, fencing and high-tech monitoring.

Sanders said the Democrats "so far have refused to compromise" and called Pelosi's plan a "non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime". After aides suggested there would not necessarily be a traditional wall as Trump had described since his presidential campaign, Trump stated that he really still wanted to build a border wall. They intend to go straight for putting forward their own legislation to fund the government, without Trump's requested funds for a wall, when they take over the House of Representatives in the new session of the US Congress beginning on Thursday. Lindsey Graham, encouraged Trump to use the budget impasse as an opportunity to address issues beyond the border wall. Montana Democrat Jon Tester, on the same program, said he prefers technology and more manpower at the border to a wall.

Earlier this year, Schumer and Trump attempted to craft a deal on immigration that would have provided $25 billion for the wall in exchange for a path to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants brought to the children.

The battle between the president and congressional Democrats regarding border wall funding led to an ongoing partial government shutdown which began on December 22.

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