House Democrats have prepared two bills aimed at ending the partial government shutdown, according to Democratic House aides, but neither is expected to include any new money for President Trump's border wall.
President Donald Trump and the United States Congress have struggled to reach a deal to provide funding for around of quarter of the government, with the issue being Trump's $5 billion funding request for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.
House Democrats announced Monday bills to re-open the government, with one measure including $1.3 billion for border security.
It's unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will put the House bill on the Senate floor because he's said that his chamber will only vote on a deal that all congressional leaders and the president support.
"It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported", Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement late Monday.
President Donald Trump defended his promise to build a solid border wall along the U.S. -Mexico early Monday, one day after outgoing chief of staff John Kelly said in an interview that erecting a concrete wall along the entire border was already off the table.
The new year will start like how 2018 ended: the federal government will be under a partial shutdown with no end in sight.
The agencies affected by the shutdown make up about 25 percent of the portion of the federal government that is funded by Congress. "From what I hear, they are spending so much time on Presidential Harassment that they have little time left for things like stopping crime and our military!" "Meanwhile, the president tweets blaming everyone but himself for a shutdown he called for more than 25 times".
"Nancy Pelosi's newest funding proposal doesn't represent any serious attempt to secure our border or find a compromise", House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said in a tweet prior to the plan's unveiling.
As always, Trump is inclined to believe that he's winning whenever he's dominating discourse with his opinions and behavior, however unusual and reprehensible they may seem.
As the impasse between Trump and the Democrats shut down parts of the federal government and forced some 800,000 workers to stay home or work without pay, the incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) vowed the president would never get his wall.
One proposal would see extra funding for border barriers and other security, while also meeting the Democrats' demand for work permits for young immigrants referred to as "Dreamers".
- Several White House officials suggested Sunday that the definition of Trump's border wall could be flexible, including broader security measures. An earlier spending bill also included a continuing resolution that extended the original deadline on September 30.
Trump said he's waiting in the Oval Office for Democrats to return to Washington and negotiate an end to a partial government shutdown.
I spent Christmas in the White House, I spent New Year's Eve now in the White House.
If approved in the House, the funding package would go to the Republican-led Senate.