US Congress to reconvene with no end in sight for federal shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from members of the media following a video call to service members from the Army Marine Corps Navy Air Force and Coast Guard stationed worldwide in the Oval Office at the White House

US Congress to reconvene with no end in sight for federal shutdown

Donald Trump is holding onto the government shutdown for the 13th day in a row, not willing to end the it until his demand for United States dollars 5.6 billion in border wall funding is agreed to by Democrats.

"If Leader McConnell tonight would put the bill that's passing the House on the floor, it would pass", Schumer said, noting that the measures previously had been backed by Senate Republicans.

Lawmakers managed to pass funding bills for about three-quarters of the government, but when it came to the last one, which included the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) along with border security, Democrats blocked the wall funding in the Senate, where Republicans lacked a sufficient majority.

During a press conference after the briefing, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters outside the White House that he was "a little disappointed with, I would say, some on the other side" because even amid the national security crisis on the border, the Democrats cut short Sec.

In Twitter comments, Trump has continued to push for wall funding, $5 billion as a down payment on the barrier that could cost more than $20 billion, while Democrats have offered to approve $1.3 billion for other border security efforts, but not the wall.

The legislation will set the stage for the first major battle of the new Congress between House Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republicans led by McConnell.

Asked by NBC's Savannah Guthrie if she was willing to give up any money specifically for the border wall, Pelosi said "no".

"That's all you need to know about her", Alexandra Pelosi told CNN on Wednesday when asked about her mother's approach to meetings with President Donald Trump.

The Democrats' two-part package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8 and provide $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras.

The second part of the package would fund federal agencies that are now unfunded, such as the Justice, Commerce and Transportation departments, through September 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE welcomed the face-to-face meeting between Trump and Democratic leaders and told CNN he hoped it would lead to a end to what he called a "senseless" shutdown.

Trump remains committed to "an agreement that both reopens the government and keeps Americans safe", she said. "The president knows that", Pelosi said.

Democrats have promised to pass spending legislation without the wall funding once they retake control of the House on Thursday, but Mr. Trump has vowed to oppose the measure.

It would be the first face-to-face meeting between Trump and the leadership of the House and Senate since the shutdown began and the first potential opening for negotiations to end it.

Trump has been saying since at least July he'd shut down the government if Congress wouldn't deliver the wall funding.

Pence proposed a compromise nearly two weeks ago in a closed-door meeting with Democrats just hours before a shutdown of parts of government that lacked appropriations for the current fiscal year. Trump said ahead of his White House session with the congressional leaders that the partial shutdown will last "as long as it takes" to get the funding he wants.

Incoming chairpersons have signalled that Trump will face a barrage of probes that could lay bare alleged conflicts of interest, misuse of funds, and abuse of power by the president and members of his cabinet. "We want to solve that issue", McCarthy said. "We are giving him a Republican path to do that".

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