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Pelosi, Schumer meet with furloughed workers to discuss partial government shutdown



President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties planned to resume negotiations Wednesday to end the partial government shutdown, while the Democratic-led House intended to try again to reopen parts of the federal government.

On the 19th day of the shutdown – now the second longest in U.S. history – Trump has an afternoon meeting at the White House with congressional leaders a day after making a prime time appeal to Democrats to sign onto his $5.7 billion plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“This situation could be solved in a 45-minute meeting,” Trump said during his 10-minute address from the Oval Office.

He emphasized his demands again Wednesday morning, ahead of the negotiations.

“We MUST fix our Southern Border!” he wrote in a tweet.

Democratic leaders, saying Trump’s wall would be expensive and ineffective, called on Trump to back their plan to re-open the government now while wall negotiations on border security continue.

Trump “must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must re-open the government,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a televised response to the president’s speech.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are among the Democratic leaders who will be meeting with Trump.

Earlier in the day, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will visit Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Republicans, some of whom have said they would consider the Democratic plan to re-open the government now.

The House will try that plan again Wednesday, though it remains unlikely that the move will be backed by more than a handful of Republicans.

Only seven Republicans voted with Democrats last week to fund eight of the nine shuttered departments.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he will not “waste floor time on show votes” by bringing up a bill that Trump will not sign.

Before Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night, Pence rallied Capitol Hill Republicans to stand firm behind the administration’s demand for the $5.7 billion border wall that the vice president said is needed to address a “humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.”

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9 comments

  1. Those furloughed workers, who get paid retroactively, better realize they're disposable PAWNS for the demonrats cuz they put ILLEGALS FIRST-ANYTHING to further propagate votes for power & obscene bank accounts. Why, SOME of them EVEN sold off uranium, have a collective hive pattern of LYING about it, and yet choose the indispensible government furl'd workers to be champions of even though THEY are the reason for the PARTIAL gov't shutdown.

  2. Why is it so hard to put forth a veto proof budget? Just sounds like incompetence.

  3. So sad how these politicians use such as a low grade rhetoric in this group statement. POTUS is using the president's tool set to get things done. Ms. Pelosi is acknowledged as a very smart politician. Alas, time takes its toll even with the smartest of us, so her voice, that sounds a bit broken, betrays the intensity of her ideas.

  4. Keep shutdown on! Who needs these "Federal monkeys". Don't waste money on these "federal Jungle beasts". Let them go to Africa and work over there!

  5. The Demon-rats want open borders and legal Americans to suffer

  6. Hey, a lot of trailer-park deplorables are making their unsympathetic pitches here. One wundas how many of them claim to be christians. Democrats should CERTAINLY put the illegals ahead of vicious folks like these, all of whom are descendants of migrants them selves, and if their ancestors were catholic, German, or Irish, received similar treatment when they arrived here.

  7. We need to take ur money away from Congress and the Senate instead of the working class. If u guys would work we wouldn't have this problem.

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