There's growing concern about the toll the shutdown is taking on everyday Americans, including disruptions in payments to farmers and trouble for home buyers who are seeking government-backed mortgage loans - "serious stuff, " according to Sen.
"The reality is the Democrat Party has gone so far left it's unrecognizable", Hegseth said.
As Trump's speech and border visit were announced, newly empowered House Democrats - and at least a few Republican senators - stepped up pressure on GOP lawmakers to reopen the government without giving in to the president's demands The closure, which has lasted 17 days, is already the second-longest in history and would become the longest this weekend. "It's about resisting Trump".
"He asked Speaker Pelosi, 'will you agree to my wall?' She said no". Yeah, because the president is continuing to throw a temper tantrum and expect to get his way about a wall that no one wanted, that he said Mexico would pay for, and that, it's been reported, was just an easy symbol his advisers came up with to remind him to be extra racist at rallies. "It's time for President Trump [and] our Republican colleagues in the Senate, to accept it", Schumer said.
The president says among those hit hardest by illegal immigration are African-Americans and Hispanics, though he did not provide any evidence to back that up. "Democrats have yet to do the same".
But Tuesday morning, Pelosi and Schumer announced that they would "deliver a response to President Trump's 9:00 p.m. E.T. address Tuesday evening following the conclusion of his remarks".
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The vice president said that the Democratic leaders objected to Trump's characterization of the situation at the southern border, which Pence referred to as "a humanitarian and security crisis". It was same old, same old. "We've been in touch with those members and others", he said. "The White House seems to move the goalposts every time they come with a proposal".
Leadership from both parties will join the president for their third meeting in the Situation Room later this afternoon.
And White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney noted Sunday that border wall construction "requires appropriation" of federal funds from Congress, even if financial benefits from the trade deal help cover the cost.
She blamed Trump for rejecting the "bipartisan bills which would re-open government - over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall - a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for!" "Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" But privately, according to the New York Times, the president has expressed doubts about the trip and his speech would make any difference.
"I just listened to Senator Schumer", McCarthy, a California Republican, said.