Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of Union address

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But we do not need to wait on the outcome of that criminal investigation before moving forward now with an inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives on whether the president has committed impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors" against the state: "abuse of power and abuse of the public trust", Tlaib co-wrote with attorney John Bonifaz.

Pelosi defied history in returning to the speaker's office after eight years in the minority, overcoming internal opposition from Democrats demanding a new generation of leaders.

"We're not doing a wall. We are not doing a wall".

Putting Pelosi's name forward for nomination, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, the incoming Democratic caucus chair, recounted her previous accomplishments - passing the Affordable Care Act, helping the country out of the Great Recession - as preludes to her next ones.

House Democrats muscled through legislation Thursday night to fund the government but not Trump's proposed wall. The people of our country want it.

The key sticking point in the shutdown fight is the President's demand for $5 billion in wall funding, which congressional Democrats have refused to meet. "I asked him directly, I said 'Mr". Yeah, one dollar. The fact is a wall is an immorality. "And I said baby, they don't becaused we're gonna impeach the motherf--er!"

Congressional leaders from both parties met with Trump at the White House Wednesday, but failed to make progress during their first sit-down in weeks. It was his first time delivering remarks at the briefing room podium. "The people of our country want it". "Absolutely I said that", adding, "I don't think it will" last that long, "but I'm prepared". Our reporter in Washington, Harry Horton has more. Polls show a majority of Americans oppose the border wall, although Republicans strongly support it.

Trump tweeted an ominous video Thursday with images of what appeared to be migrants trying to rush the border and clashing with law enforcement, beneath the words "crisis at the border", "drugs" and "crime". It was approved, 239-192.

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Democrats also approved a separate measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown, at levels Senate Republicans had largely agreed to a year ago. That bill passed 241-190, with seven Republicans joining Democrats to vote yes. However, the Republican side in the House is still made up mostly of white men, and in the Senate Republicans bolstered their ranks in the majority. "Why doesn't the Pelosi bill do that?" said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Within hours of being sworn into the 116th Congress, newly elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., already is facing backlash for her comments on the job - after a profanity-laced pledge to pursue President Trump's impeachment.

Mr McConnell called the Democrats' move a "total nonstarter" and a "political sideshow".

While Republican women marked some firsts this past election season, like Marsha Blackburn becoming the first female Tennessee senator, the vast majority of these new lawmakers are Democrats. I think it's actually going to work out.

Some GOP senators up for re-election in 2020 voiced discomfort with the shutdown in recent days, including Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of ME, putting additional pressure on Republicans. There are more women than ever before, and a new generation of Muslims, Latinos, Native Americans and African-Americans is creating a House more aligned with the population of the United States.

About 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the December 22 closure of about one-quarter of the federal government as Trump withheld his support for new funding until he secures $5 billion to start building the wall along the US-Mexico border that he promised during his campaign.

Democrats, on the other hand, spoke of families unable to pay bills and called on Trump to reopen the government while negotiations continue. The suspected shooter is a Mexican man accused of living in the US illegally. Republicans have seized on the case to call for tougher border security.

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