Shutdown 'could be a long time' during White House border briefing


On Thursday, the Democrats officially took control of the House, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted it was up to Trump to end the shutdown.

"Build the Wall", the Republican president demanded on Twitter.

Ocasio-Cortez, sworn in as Congress' youngest member on Thursday, is one of a number of Democrats who backs the Green New Deal - which aims to combat both climate change and income inequality with a massive and costly economic overhaul.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that the Democratic legislation has no future in the Senate, calling it "political theater, not productive lawmaking".

Congress and the White House appeared no closer to breaking a government funding stalemate Wednesday as top lawmakers dug in following a White House briefing on President Donald Trump 's proposed border wall.

Putting Pelosi's name forward for nomination, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, the incoming Democratic caucus chair, recounted her previous accomplishments - passing the Affordable Care Act, helping the country out of the Great Recession - as preludes to her next ones.

"This is national security we're talking about", he said at a cabinet meeting ahead of talks at the White House with top Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

The House voted 239-192 to pass the first government spending bill, H.J. Res. 1, which would reopen the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 to allow time for continued talks on the border wall.

"I remain ready and willing to work with Democrats", Trump tweeted after the meeting.

Many GOP senators are up for re-election in 2020 in states, including Colorado and ME, where voters have mixed views of Trump's performance in the White House.

Vice President Mike Pence offered Democrats a compromise on December 22, the first day of the shutdown, in which Trump would accept $2.5 billion for border security. "For them, strictly politics!"

"Using the European band Phoenix's Lisztomania, the students created what they call the BU "Lisztomania" Brat Pack Mashup, a homage to the original, which first aired on YouTube past year", the university said at the time. "So they weren't even on the level with the vice president's offer that he made".

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"We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason", she said, adding that she would wait for the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.

That ensures the shutdown will continue, clouding the first days of the new session.

But compromise was still elusive. But Democrats said the problem isn't with them but with Trump, who once boasted of the shutdown but now must try to explain blocking the effort to re-open government with bills Republicans had earlier approved.

First elected to the House in 1987, Pelosi represents California's 12th congressional district including San Francisco - a stronghold of left-wing politics, counter-culture and gay rights regarded by many heartland conservatives as a true Gomorrah.

The first two Native American women and first two Muslim women were also elected.

"It's a new day in America", tweeted Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee elected from Minnesota.

There still could be some drama and surprises on the House floor throughout the slow roll call vote of all 435 members.

Trump says a complete wall is needed.

"She's been very clear about what her agenda is, and it's far left of centre", Scalise told AFP.

And hovering in the background in Washington will be the threat of impeachment.

While it is nearly certain that some Democrats will introduce proceedings to remove Trump from office, Pelosi has downplayed the idea.

Lauren Underwood documented her very first phone call from a constituent back home in IL. "It's not something that I'm stirring the pot on".

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