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Trump Invites Congressional Leaders For Talks As Shutdown Continues

02 January 2019

One of the President's closest allies, Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican and chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the House Democratic proposal "doesn't represent a serious attempt to secure our border or find a compromise".

Republican leaders will be attending.

Pelosi is set to become House speaker on Thursday.

Pelosi and Schumer unveiled the outline of their bill to end the partial government shutdown when Democrats take control of the House.

"We are giving the Republicans the opportunity to take yes for an answer", Pelosi wrote In a letter to colleagues late Tuesday.

House of Representatives Democrats will introduce legislation this week meant to end a partial U.S. government shutdown and fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb 8, including US$1.3 billion (S$1.77 billion) for border security but not the US$5 billion President Donald Trump has demanded for a border wall, a senior Democratic aide said on Monday (Dec 31). Is he willing to accept anything that does not include money specifically to build a new border wall, even if the Democrats, as they have said, are willing to get money for more border security?

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Trump on Monday invited Democrats to continue negotiations but reiterated that he had no plans to back down.

The homeland security piece of the package includes $1.3 billion for border fencing and roughly $300 million more for other border security items including cameras and technology.

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House Democrats did not confer with Senate Republicans on the package, but the bills are expected to have some bipartisan support because they reflect earlier spending measures already hashed out between the parties and chambers.

Vice President Mike Pence told Schumer on December 22 that Trump could accept $2.1 billion for border barriers, plus a $400 million flexible fund for the president's "immigration priorities". "You can do two things at once", he said. President Trump calls the wall "necessary" and presumed Speaker Pelosi calls it "immoral".

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The report arrived after Kelly, who is set to leave the White House next month, made critical statements about the administration and Trump in an expansive interview with the Los Angeles Times.

The legislation doesn't include any designated funds for President Donald Trump's border wall, although The Associated Press reports it could have some $1.3 billion for border security.

Democrats now offer one bill that would fund everything except for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is responsible for border security, and another bill that would fund the DHS through February 8 without wall construction funds. It would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

Democrats under Nancy Pelosi are all but certain to swiftly approve the package in two separate votes planned for Thursday.

But the strategy Democrats announced Monday would usher in a new era of divided government in Washington with a dare to Trump, aimed at forcing him and Senate Republicans to take their deal or prolong a partial government shutdown. Trump tweets: "You voted yes in 2006 and 2013". The lawmakers were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation. Schumer has not heard from the White House since he met with Vice President Mike Pence and incoming White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Dec 22, Democratic aides said.

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Trump Invites Congressional Leaders For Talks As Shutdown Continues