Trump to meet lawmakers at White House as shutdown enters 25th day

Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham

The meeting on Monday (Jan 14) didn't appear to produce any conclusion, and President Donald Trump has indicated he wouldn't sign a stopgap without the funding he's demanding for a wall on the Mexico border, suggesting there's no clear resolution in sight.

Drones and sensors are not adequate for border security, Trump added, contending only a "strong steel or concrete barrier" can prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States.

The Quinnipiac University National Poll released Monday also shows 56 percent of Americans think Trump is responsible for the shutdown after three polls from the weekend found a majority of people put the GOP at fault. He has previously repeatedly warned that he would not allow the bills, which are aimed at ending the record long government shutdown, to pass unless they contain funding for the construction of a border wall with Mexico.

"I did reject it", Trump told reporters as he prepared to leave the White House en route to an event in New Orleans. "We are not having the discussion until after the government reopens", Kaine said.

U.S. Internal Revenue Services (IRS) employees rally in front of the Federal Building against the ongoing U.S. federal government shutdown, in Ogden, Utah, U.S., January 10, 2019.

Around 800,000 federal workers - some furloughed, some working as essential employees - did not get paid on Friday.

A National Park entrance fee collection service is temporarily suspended at Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, the lowest point in North America, during the partial U.S. government shutdown, in Death Valley, California, U.S., January 10, 2019.

Democrats are planning a vote on Tuesday on a Bill to open the nine closed departments and dozens of agencies through Feb 1. "I want to get it solved".

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If talks do not bear fruit, Graham said, the President could consider following through on his idea of calling a national emergency. "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off", Graham said.

The funding Bills "offer President Trump and Senate Republicans additional options to end the shutdown while allowing time for negotiation on border security and immigration policy", said Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat.

FILE - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, speaks as she stands next to Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, left, and Sen.

'Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the bills are something that "doesn't lead to an outcome".

"How much more suffering must the president cause before leader McConnell realizes it's time to move ahead without him?"

"The president is unwilling to move the ball forward, so Congress must".

On Thursday, Democrats plan to vote on a Bill to open those shuttered parts of government through Feb 28, according to text of the Bill posted on a House website.

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