Trump Warns Government Shutdown Could Last a Long Time

Trump digs in on Day 12 of shutdown, calling a border wall timeless, not antiquated -- like the wheel

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But he later argued the Democrats would be at fault if they didn't vote for border security.

"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.

In her reprised role, she will have to thread a political needle, standing up to Trump when needed but also showing that her party is capable of working with the president to pass legislation. They exhausted of the Republican attack ads featuring Pelosi that are constantly run against them back home, and they anxious she would be a drag on efforts to keep the majority in the next election. "Why would they not do that? You know, I've heard numbers as high as $275 billion we lose on illegal immigration", Trump said.

Because the House dissolves at the end of each two-year congressional session and then re-forms at the beginning of each new one, the Clerk of the House presides until a speaker is elected or re-elected and will call the chamber to order at noon.

As the impasse dragged on, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, said for the first time that the stalemate could continue for "months and months". He even reportedly told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that he couldn't back down, or even agree to a stopgap during budget talks so that furloughed federal workers could get paid, because "I would look foolish if I did that".

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Comments from the most politically vulnerable members of McConnell's caucus suggested discomfort with the majority leader's approach, and a desire for a quick resolution to the shutdown. "We have sent back the most reasonable and mild proposal to reopen the government" and Republicans should accept it, he said.

But while the "blue wave" swept dozens of House Republicans out of Congress last November, Trump's party managed to modestly expand its majority in the Senate, meaning Washington gridlock is nearly certain to deepen.

While there have been a lot of discussions taking place about ideas for reopening the government, Democratic principals have not shown a willingness to negotiate, providing the "foundation for a very long shutdown", the North Carolina Republican said.

The White House veto threat made clear Democrats' latest plans don't clear that threshold.

In a nod to the moment, Pelosi, the first female speaker, was broadly pledging to make Congress work for all Americans - addressing kitchen table issues at a time of deep economic churn - even as her party is ready to challenge Trump with investigations and subpoena powers that threaten the White House agenda. "However, it comes down to border security and we're extremely grateful to President Trump and we fully support what he is doing to take care of our nation's borders - to take care of the future of the United States", del Cueto stated.

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"We're not doing a wall", Pelosi said emphatically.

Vice President Mike Pence, in an interview on Fox News, reinforced the administration's position.

"I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country", Ocasio-Cortez says.

The shutdown has lasted 13 days without any signs of compromise or earnest negotiations, with Democrats largely unifying and a number of Republicans flummoxed over Trump's strategy. These workers received paychecks at the end of December but will miss their next checks on January 11 unless the agencies reopen. The food stamp program that millions of Americans rely on may grind to a halt beginning in February, and the Internal Revenue Service will not be able to process refunds.

Earlier Thursday, the House voted 234-197 to pass part of its package of legislative rules - normally a routine matter, but a few Democratic progressives made a decision to oppose their own party's rules.

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