Trump tweeted at Nancy Pelosi to end the shutdown over the wall

Larry Hoffman
January 2, 2019

The package will also include six other bipartisan bills to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown.

President Donald Trump says he's waiting in the Oval Office for Democrats to return to Washington and negotiate an end to a partial government shutdown.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he would now wait until he is certain to have a bill in hand that would pass both houses of Congress and receive Trump's support before submitting it to a vote, a possibility that now seems all too distant.

On Dec. 28, Trump said he will close the southern border altogether if Congress doesn't approve the wall funding and deliver immigration reform.

The president has continued to blame Democrats for the shutdown, labeling it the "Schumer Shutdown".

"They can come over right now, they could've come over anytime". "We're going to do our job", said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), who is expected to be the chairman of the House Rules Committee.

"I'm here, I'm ready to go".

"No, we are not giving up", Trump added. "We have to have border security and the wall is a big part of border security".

The president has not said he would veto the Democratic legislation, if the bills were to land on his desk. House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows called it a "non-starter". Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it too may need to halt most of its operations.

It's unclear if the government shutdown will resolve before Thursday. Many federal contractors are without work as well.

"If we blame each other, this could last a long, long time", Shelby said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union, representing some 700,000 workers, on Monday announced that it was suing the federal government over the shutdown, writing in a statement that "the federal government is violating the law by requiring some federal employees to work without pay during a shutdown".

Similar proposals were passed by the Republican-controlled Senate in recent days, until Trump suddenly withdrew his support.

Democrats hope their two-pronged funding approach will put Senate Republicans in a tough position.

Watch: Remember When Donald Trump Wanted Mexico To Pay for the Wall? The new Congress is expected to pass them when it convenes Thursday.

The package includes full-year appropriations bill for most of the agencies shuttered during the lapse in funding that took effect December 22. The two-bill package contains no funding for the president's proposed border wall.

"Our goal is to make sure we move on our promises", she said, noting that the public has "tremendous influence on what happens" in Washington.

On Monday, administration officials invited leadership from the Republican and Democratic parties to a Wednesday meeting, reports Politico.

White House officials, including the departing chief of staff, had indicated that Trump's signature campaign pledge to build the wall would not be fulfilled as advertised. He is now demanding $5 billion in funding for the structure, something Democrats have rejected.

Workers are photographed during construction of part of President Donald Trump's border wall on the border between Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and Santa Teresa in the USA, on April 17, 2018. The lawmakers were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation.

The partial government shutdown is in its second week over Mr Trump's demand for five billion United States dollars for the wall.

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