White House Refuses to Budge During Shutdown Talks With Democratic Leaders

The Statue of Liberty in New York which has welcomed immigrants to the US since the 19th C remains open with New York state funds during the federal government shutdown

The Statue of Liberty in New York which has welcomed immigrants to the US since the 19th C remains open with New York state funds during the federal government shutdown

The first vote would be on a financial services measure, which funds the Treasury Department, IRS, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government agencies. So while Democrats negotiate with lower-level aides, and even Vice President Mike Pence, there's no reason for them to take any deal or concession seriously until it comes out of the president's mouth.

That happened on 22 December and a quarter of the government has been closed since, leaving some 800,000 workers either furloughed - a kind of temporary leave of absence - or working without pay.

She spoke after a first round of talks between White House officials and congressional aides on Saturday made little progress toward ending the shutdown, now in its 16th day, with more discussions planned for Sunday afternoon.

So far, the White House has given no heads up regarding the details of Trump's message.

One of the officials says no new meetings have been scheduled.

'I've always thought that the debate over what the physical barrier should be constructed of was rather freakish, ' she said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'We do need to strengthen our border security.

Shanahan said the approximately 2,300 active-duty troops in California, Texas and Arizona to back up CBP are focusing on the "restoration of fences" and "building out additional mileage for the wall" that Trump has proposed as the solution to halt illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

Democrats say the wall is immoral and would be an ineffective and expensive effort.

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But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose chamber passed almost identical bills previous year, refuses to allow the Senate to vote on the measures because Trump has threatened he would veto them.

"Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue", she said on NBC's "Meet the Press". Conditions at national parks are deteriorating and the Department of Housing and Urban Development is running out of money for a key housing program. And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat-New York, suggested pressure would only mount amid the shutdown, which he said is disrupting Transportation Security Administration operations, home loans and farmers in his state.

Trump, a former NY businessman, said he could relate to the workers who would have trouble paying bills because of the shutdown and threatened, again, to declare a national emergency as an alternative way to build the wall, depending on the outcome of talks in the coming days. Large numbers of federal contractors are also losing pay in what is already one of the longest shutdowns in USA history. I think that's, that's by, by intention, ' he said on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.

Still, such an action would likely face an immediate legal challenge from congressional Democrats.

However, opponents would nearly certainly accuse him of presidential overreach and respond with court challenges.

President Donald Trump said Sunday he'll offer Democrats a "steel barrier" instead of concrete wall because 'they don't like concrete so we'll give them steel'. And critics say Trump should be careful about invoking them in this instance.

Trump's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told CNN on Sunday that Democratic negotiators seemed to have come to the talks Saturday "to stall". He said much of the wall had been built, though it hasn't.

"If the Democrats want to keep their impeachment talk - where we know there is no collusion, where we've been transparent and cooperative in the process - that's a losing strategy for them", Schlapp said on "America's Newsroom" Monday.

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