President Trump on U.S. spending bill

The comments from Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of ME - the only Senate Republicans running for reelection in states Trump lost - pointed to cracks within the GOP that could grow as the shutdown nears the two-week mark. A spokesman for GOP leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would not take action without Trump's backing.

The Democratic-led House plans to vote on a bipartisan package of six Senate spending bills and a stopgap measure to re-open the Department of Homeland Security at its current funding levels until February 8, the aide said. Republicans have seized on the case to call for tougher border security.

Republican leaders immediately blasted the vote as a pointless political gimmick that would do little to provide the resources necessary to secure the border, and said Democrats were not negotiating in good faith.

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.

"We can go through the back and forth. No". "Why would they not do that?"

The Democrats' provisions would have ended President Trump's Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy which blocks taxpayer funds to non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortion overseas.

Indeed, the impasse is more than about whether to fund a wall or fencing - or even steel slats, as Trump has recently referred to the border structure he's seeking.

"This is nothing more than far-left wing theater as these policies have no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the President", he added. So let's not waste the time.

The youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), tells Anderson Cooper that high tax rates on the very rich would help finance an ambitious plan to combat climate change known as the "Green New Deal".

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.

Kim Jong-un threatens return to nuclear standoff with US
But he said North Korea would seek a new path if the USA misjudged its patience and insisted on unilateral demands. He said there would be faster progress on denuclearisation if the United States took corresponding action.

McCarthy told the lawmakers that voters often wonder if Congress is "still capable" of solving problems, and as he passed the gavel to Pelosi he said this period of divided government is "no excuse for gridlock".

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

Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, also indicated support for an element of the Democrats' approach.

"We should not give in to extortion", said Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin, whose district contains thousands of federal workers.

The White House said he made calls Thursday to the family of Cpl.

The new House speaker, veteran Democrat Nancy Pelosi, stood firm shortly before the vote saying no funding for a border wall would be made available. "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.

Friday's White House meeting with Trump includes eight leaders - the top two Democrats and Republicans of both chambers.

"You hear a lot of talk that there are experts that say that walls don't work". We're not doing a wall.

Vice President Mike Pence, who was on the Hill Thursday to swear in new senators, took a hard line, telling Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson, "Bottom line, if there's no wall, there's no deal". The shutdown has resulted in the closing of a number of federal agencies and has become a major topic of centention between Republicans and Democrats.

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