Rep. Crenshaw: Wall Crucial Part of Border Security


House Democrats, who take control of the chamber on Thursday, plan to vote on two measures that would re-open the government, provide $1.3 billion for border security on a pro-rated basis and give time for further negotiations on border security. "We need to know who's in our communities that shouldn't be".

The visit by Pelosi and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer was their first to the White House since their sharp exchange with Trump in the Oval Office on December 11 during which the president told them he would be "proud to shut down the government for border security".

It would also include another measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers after the meeting indicated little progress was made toward ending the partial government shutdown and that they agreed to reconvene Friday.

"The president asked us to come back on Friday after the leadership races" for the new session of Congress, McCarthy said.

"We saw this migrant caravan coming in last night", he said.

Today marks the last day of the Trump-Ryan-McConnell era of unified Republican government in Washington, which, despite the vast political power wielded by three men between whom there exists near-perfect ideological alignment, will still conclude in the midst of a two-week government shutdown of their own creation.

In other words, Pelosi plans to introduce and pass the same funding bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shepherded through the Senate by voice vote two weeks ago - which happens to not include funding for Trump's wall!

Amid the stalemate over the wall, Trump shelved his annual Christmas vacation in Florida, choosing to remain in Washington and fire off a stream of angry, and often misleading tweets.

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"The administration is looking for a way to do a deal so that the president can save face here", he said, adding that Democrats are going to "turn the pressure up" once Nancy Pelosi takes over as House speaker.

Addressing a cabinet meeting on the 12th day of the partial shutdown, Mr Trump warned it "could be a long time" before the impasse is resolved.

"We have given the Republicans the chance to take yes for an answer", Pelosi said.

For the White House, the final position is more ambiguous: Vice President Mike Pence put a proposal for $2.5 billion for a combination border security and immigration priority funding on the table last week, but was rebuffed by Schumer.

Administration officials said he believed he had public opinion and his base on his side.

On Thursday, Democrats will officially take over the House, and their first order of business ― after they've elected their speaker ― will be passing legislation extending funding to all the shuttered agencies, pressuring Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump to let go of the border wall fight and end the shutdown.

The president has not said he would veto the Democratic legislation, if the bills were to land on his desk. -Mexican border that was a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign.

But while fencing has been expanded and replaced, no work has been begun on a border wall.

"The typical argument being heard from Democrats is it doesn't make sense, it's too expensive, it's medieval", Crenshaw added.