No end for government shutdown after White House meeting

01/04/2019 04:00 | NaN

No end for government shutdown after White House meeting

Donald Trump and top congressional leaders failed to resolve a partial government shutdown that has stretched well into a second week as the president refused to back off from his demands for billions of dollars for a long-promised wall along the southern USA border with Mexico.

McCarthy said Trump wanted to have the next meeting on Friday, after leadership elections in Congress, and Trump has suggested Pelosi is opposing money for the border wall because she is anxious about losing support from liberals.

Schumer urged the Republican leadership to reconsider their approach and approve the bills that are bipartisan and will open up the government.

But as they gear up to make life miserable for the White House, the first outcome of the new era of divided government will be to make a solution to the partial shutdown of federal agencies, now well into its second week, more elusive. At the start of his cabinet meeting, Trump said the border was "like a sieve" and insisted the United States needed a "physical barrier" to deter illegal border crossers. The other would provide temporary funding for Homeland Security, through February 8, allowing talks to continue over border security.

"We're asking the president to open the government", she told reporters on the White House driveway.

A migrant climbs the border fence before jumping into the San Diego, Calif., from Tijuana, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

Trump said the shutdown affecting about a quarter of the federal government and 800,000 federal workers would last for " as long as it takes" as he pushes lawmakers for money for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border as part of any legislation to reopen agencies shuttered when their funding lapsed on December 22. "He could not give a good answer".

For the White House, the final position is more ambiguous: Vice President Mike Pence put a proposal for $2.5 billion for a combination border security and immigration priority funding on the table last week, but was rebuffed by Schumer. His demand infuriated many Republicans who had been working to avoid a shutdown, but most have followed his lead and are insisting Democrats broker some sort of compromise.

At a cabinet meeting prior to the briefing, Trump warned that parts of the government would could remain closed for a "a long time" without a deal. Funding for the wall has been the sticking point in passing essential spending bills for several government departments.

President Donald Trump says the southern border is "like a sieve", and he's lamenting how USA authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants trying to breach the border fence in Tijuana.

Alexandra Pelosi is a 48-year-old documentary filmmaker, and she spoke with John Berman, the host of "New Day".

Democrats sought to ramp up pressure on Republicans Wednesday to reopen the government. Conservative pundits lambasted the deal, and Trump quickly caved.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders in a statement late on Tuesday called the Democratic plan "a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime".

Nielsen, participating in the meeting by teleconference, had data about unaccompanied minors crossing the border and a spike in illegal crossings, and she tried to make the case to the group that current funding levels won't suffice, according to the White House. Democrats oppose the wall and Mr Trump's funding demand. That measure would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

Some 800,000 federal workers are impacted, including around 350,000 who have been furloughed while the rest stay on the job wondering whether they will end up getting paid.

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