Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

White House signals some compromise in ending US govt shutdown

White House signals some compromise in ending US govt shutdown

Trump reaffirmed that he would consider declaring a national emergency in an effort to circumvent Congress and spend money as he saw fit. By rebuking one, the more seasoned Democrats were effectively warning the others.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, said on CBS Sunday Morning that information obtained from special counsel Robert Mueller could set the vehicle in motion.

"The only reason they do not want to build a Wall is that Walls Work!"

Congressional Democrats have vowed not to give the US leader any money for the wall.

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Friday that the meeting over the weekend would be an attempt for Trump's top people to come up with an agreement to recommend to congressional leaders to end the government shutdown.

Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said the House would need bipartisan support from Republican senators to make it happen.

It pits Trump's unpredictable negotiating stylings against a largely united Democratic front, as many Republicans watch nervously from the sidelines and hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without pay.

"Democrats and now a growing number of Republicans are coming together and saying let's open up the government and debate border security separately", Schumer told reporters in NY.

The debate was a "very important battle to win from the standpoint of safety, number one, [and] defining our country and who we are", Mr Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a short trip to the Camp David presidential retreat.

Vice President Mike Pence led a second round of talks with congressional aides on Sunday about the issue, but Trump said he did not expect those talks to produce results, noting that the principals - himself, Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer - were the ones who could solve it quickly.

Large chunks of the government were shut down on December 22 after politicians and the President hit an impasse over Mr Trump's demands to build a wall. Such a move would seem certain to draw legal challenges.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, appearing on "Fox News Sunday", said the Trump administration is looking at "every option available" to get the needed money, including bypassing Congress if necessary by declaring a national emergency to build the border wall. We won the Senate, they won the House.

The White House warned again that the shutdown could last for some time while suggesting that the offer of a steel barrier was an olive branch to Democrats.

"That should help us move in the right direction", said Mulvaney, who is also the head of the Office of Management and Budget.

Late Thursday, the Democrat-controlled House passed legislation to reopen the federal government and fund the Department of Homeland Security until early February.

"Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just 'locker room talk, ' but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar", Ocasio-Cortez wrote Saturday on Twitter, referring to Trump's lewd comments on a 2005 "Access Hollywood " tape that surfaced during the 2016 campaign. But Democrats have made clear they see a wall as immoral and ineffective and prefer other types of border security funded at already agreed upon levels.

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