Democrats Stand by Demand to Reopen Government Before Negotiations on Border Security


Trump is under pressure to end the shutdown with Americans increasingly blaming him for refusing to sign spending bills that would provide paychecks for the federal workers who have been idled or working without pay for almost a month, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

"Democrats campaigned on working within Washington and 'getting things done!' How is that working out?"

What President Donald Trump billed on Saturday as a compromise to end the country's longest government shutdown pleased neither the Democratic congressional leaders whose buy-in he needs to strike a deal nor the core supporters whose backing has always been at the heart of his insistence on a border wall.

Trump wrote in a message aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.).

The offer also was assailed by prominent anti-immigrant voices, which denounced it as tantamount to amnesty.

The offer of a three-year reprieve for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, in exchange for $5.7 billion from Congress for his promised wall along the Mexican border, was also met with disdain by many Republicans.

Temporary protected status is given to nationals from designated countries affected by armed conflict or natural disaster.

Democrats say they are opposed to the plan.

He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would seek quick passage of his proposal.

Instead, as Politico reports, "By setting a model of unity, Schumer and Pelosi have also kept moderates in their caucus from breaking ranks and underscored how hard it will be for Trump to get Democrats to fold". And Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, another key centrist, said she would study the details of the plan but did not commit to vote for it. Day, Pence also invoked the legacy of the slain civil rights leader, noting that he "inspired us to change through the legislative process to become a more flawless union".

Even if the Senate approves Trump's plan, it would face defeat in the House, where Pelosi-led opposition runs strong. And another key centrist, Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, said that he and other lawmakers had been encouraging the White House to put an offer on the table - any offer - to get both sides talking. "It has the full support of the President and could be signed into law to quickly reopen the government", he continued.

The Senate passes short-term spending bill that would keep the government open through the first week of February. Can we amend it? "I'm a Marine Corps veteran and I know what that mob mentality can be like", he said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump's proposal for ending the 29-day partial federal shutdown is simply "more hostage taking".

The Democrats insist they will not negotiate until government is reopened. Mark Warner, D-Va., told NBC's "Meet the Press". The President is holding all of us hostage for a $5.7 billion ransom. "If the president can arbitrarily shut down the government, he will do it time and time again".

The White House and congressional Democrats tried and failed a year ago to come up with a plan that would have been acceptable to both parties.

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to taunt House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and knock her for rejecting the deal.

Yesterday, he also appeared to threaten to target millions of people living in the country illegally if he doesn't eventually get his way, writing that, "there will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally-but be careful Nancy!"

Trump rejects Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's proposal to reopen the government without wall funding and allow for wall funding talks to continue.

The president said his compromise will provide the "best chance in a very long time at real bipartisan immigration reform" in the U.S. Congress. Trump is "holding federal workers hostage, saying he'll temporarily give back what he took away-only if we give him a pointless, ineffective wall", Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from NY tweeted after the president's remarks.