Trump Invites Congressional Leaders For Talks As Shutdown Continues

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They also included a short-term patch extending current funding through February 8 for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the border, in the legislation unveiled Monday evening.

Trump has been holed up in the White House instead of vacationing at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, as planned, because of the government shutdown now in its second week and his standoff with Democrats over funding for a border wall.

"It's simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won't sign", said a spokesman for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Is he willing to accept anything that does not include money specifically to build a new border wall, even if the Democrats, as they have said, are willing to get money for more border security?

In the Fox News interview, Mr Trump indicated that USA forces could continue battling Islamic State even as the withdrawal proceeded.

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"We do have an immigration problem", the former Marine said while describing his role spending 15 hour days alongside Mr Trump as "bone-crushing". You see, without the Wall there can be no Border Security - the Tech "stuff" is just, by comparison, meaningless bells & whistles...

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said it's Congress's responsibility to pass Thursday's offerings.

Trump also tweeted congratulations to newly inaugurated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a populist conservative who like Trump was elected to shake up the status quo.

Democrats have remained committed to blocking the president's priority, and with neither side engaging in substantive negotiation, the effect of the partial shutdown was set to spread and to extend into the new year.

It would also include another measure made up of six other bipartisan bills - some that have already passed the Senate - to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. In a joint statement on Monday, Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer accused Trump of "using the government shutdown to try to force an expensive and ineffective wall upon the American people".

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The House is preparing to vote on the package Thursday when the new Congress convenes. Democratic appropriators and leaders discussed the idea with Vermont Sen. If approved in the House, the government funding package would go next to the Republican-led Senate, where its prospects appeared uncertain.

The shutdown began December 22 and there has been no sign of direct negotiations involving Republicans, Democrats and the White House. That, according to several aides involved in the process, has been viewed as the unofficial moment talks may begin, but there still remains no clear pathway forward for an agreement.

"That's why President Trump poses such a threat to open borders establishment and racket, because he's exposing the consequences of that", Malkin said.

Trump has sought $5 billion for a wall along the border with Mexico to stop people crossing over illegally.

But those funds can not go to the construction of a border wall. It likely won't receive much support from House Republicans, but the Democrats may be able to get it through the House anyway.

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