Trump and Democrats dig in as fears of partial shutdown intensify

Tuesday, 18 Dec, 2018

Trump then turned to "the wall", saying Republicans support it and he would like to avoid a government shutdown over the issue while acknowledging that it is a very hard issue because Republicans and Democrats are "on very opposite sides".

Her comments came after a heated exchange in the Oval Office between Trump and Democratic leaders over funding for his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday the administration would do "whatever is necessary to build the border wall", including shutting down the government, even as polling suggests most Americans want Trump to compromise with Congress on the issue.

The proposal limits the top three Democrats to three terms in their current leadership posts. Trump is now asking for $5 billion, while Pelosi and Schumer have pledged $1.3 billion towards border security initiatives, including new fencing, but not a wall. Trump wants the next funding package to include at least $5 billion for it, an idea Democrats have flatly rejected. In addition, they would agree to either continuing resolutions or new appropriation bills for the unfunded portions of the government.

Trump met today with legislative affairs director Shahira Knight and budget director Mick Mulvaney to discuss strategy.

Republican congressional leaders have repeatedly said it's up to Trump to cut a deal with Democrats, an acknowledgment of their inability to produce spending bills with Republican votes alone.

By Wednesday evening, GOP leaders still had not settled on what vehicle they would use to fund the wall or if they would even take a vote this week to do so.

Their new freshmen did not take many tough political votes and the majority of Americans showed no hesitation about supporting Barack Obama in 2008, giving Democrats total control of Washington.

As we've already learned, Republicans feel boxed in by Trump's demand that they pass his wall funding, and they're reluctant to hold this vote. "He's going to get fact-checked to his face", said Sen. The wall could buy legal status for every illegal immigrant living in the shadows - a longtime Democratic priority.

She's poised to become House speaker when the new Congress convenes January 3. According to California Democrat, it was pure Trump.

More than 60 percent of the 235 Democrats taking the oath on January 3 have no experience from Pelosi's first run as speaker.

The question of whether Pelosi would be elected speaker has distracted attention from Democrats' 2019 agenda focusing on health care, jobs and wages, and infrastructure projects. "No, I don't think that's a lame duck".

He added that "I believe strongly that the Congress needs to reform how it operates with a new generation of leadership that reflects the attitudes and goals of our country in the 21st century".

Scalise's team did not whip a $5 billion wall package Wednesday, but they did a "bed check" to figure out which lawmakers were in the Capitol voting. They also said her demonization as an out-of-touch radical in tens of millions of dollars' worth of Republican television ads was costing Democrats seats.

Congress - the House and the Senate - is still controlled by Republicans. Under the deal, House Democrats will vote by February 15 to change party rules to limit their top three leaders to no more than four two-year terms, including time they've already spent in those jobs.