Trump warns United States 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

"We are asking the president to open up government", she said, while speaking to the media after congressional leaders met with Trump behind closed doors in the White House's Situation Room.

House Democrats will quickly move to pass short-term spending legislation upon taking control on Thursday, although it is unlikely that measure would pass the Senate and be signed by Trump. Republicans have seized on the case to call for tougher border security. "She'll be more than fine", said Rep. But thus far, because of Trump's opposition, party leaders have refused.

So far, she has spoken out against using such a powerful political cudgel against him, arguing that the explosive step would likely mobilize Republican voters eager to protect the president.

At the Capitol on Wednesday, Pelosi said she hoped Republicans and the White House "are hearing what we have offered" to end the shutdown. "Why would they not do that?"

"I have never had anything like it in terms of calls coming in, in terms of people writing in and tweeting, and doing whatever they have to do", the president said with confidence.

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.

"The Senate will not take up any proposal that does not have a real chance of passing this chamber and getting a presidential signature. Let's not waste the time", McConnell said.

One hundred House freshmen took the oath of office, including trailblasers like New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

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.

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. The last time a speaker regained the gavel was more than a half-century ago.

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

"We are all affected by this shutdown", del Cueto said.

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

Trump and Democrats are at odds over funding for a border wall.

"Why not fully fund the Department of Homeland Security? Does anyone have any doubt that we're not doing a wall?"

"The president made it clear, we're here to make a deal", Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News late Thursday. 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.

But the Republican-led Senate appears unlikely to consider the Democratic funding bills.

That ensures the shutdown will continue, clouding the first days of the new session.

On Monday, a union representing federal workers sued the government for requiring some employees deemed "essential" to work without pay. "Their mental anguish and anxiety is bad enough".

The House voted 239-192 to pass the first government spending bill, H.J. Res. 1, which would reopen the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 to allow time for continued talks on the border wall. "The bill would also undermine the President's Mexico City Policy (Presidential Memorandum of January 23, 2017), which prohibits the funding of foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions". "And we've done some things that, as you know, have been very popular". He claimed "Mexico is paying for the wall" through a replacement of the North American Free Trade Agreement. "The job description for Congress has changed", she tweeted.

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