House Democrats to pass plan to reopen government Thursday

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Trump at the White House Wednesday for a briefing on border security.

In a Twitter post Wednesday morning, Trump made two false claims about the wall, and during the cabinet meeting he made at least one more.

As America entered what promised to be a period of bitter political division in its legislature, Mr Trump also faced.

The partial government shutdown began on December 22 after Trump refused to sign a budget deal that didn't include billions of dollars for his long-promised and long-stalled southern border wall.

When Trump threatened to veto any spending bill without the wall late last month, funding lapsed for several agencies and a partial government shutdown ensued.

Trump said he is willing to keep the government shut down for "as long as it takes", noting it "could be a long time".

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the incoming minority leader, panned the Democratic effort to reopen government without wall money.

The last real shutdown, which occurred in January of a year ago, came to a quiet end after only three days, when Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer frittered away what little power he had during the still-unresolved debate over the future of DACA recipients.

Lending it an air of drama, Wednesday's briefing for congressional leaders is to take place in the White House Situation Room which is normally used for military updates.

Trump even rejected a lower, US$2.5 billion offer Vice-President Mike Pence had extended to Democrats shortly before Christmas.

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"And we should just take one moment to exhale and just say we should be proud of ourselves because we have a beautiful-looking Congress", the filmmaker added. Crenshaw noted that "Democrats are refusing to budge on this". That will now be the second item on their agenda, after funding the government, though they are still calling the anti-corruption package "H.R. 1" and plan to pass that bill later on Thursday. "They try and make it like it's just about the wall and it is about the wall".

Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court in November to allow the president to end Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. "The wall is your number one point of security".

Trump's statement on crossings contradicts the Department of Homeland Security.

But he seemed to shift tactics later in the day, appealing to Pelosi.

Whether the Republican-led Senate would consider the Democratic funding bills - or if Trump would sign either into law - was unclear.

McConnell has said Senate Republicans will not approve a spending measure that Trump does not support.

Even if only symbolic, the passage of the bills in the House would put fresh pressure on the president. At the same time, administration officials said Trump was in no rush for a resolution to the impasse, believing he has public opinion and his base on his side.

The government has been partially shut down for almost two weeks, and President Donald Trump's competing desires to hold his ground for more border security funding and shift blame for the impasse onto Democrats have made it even harder to reach a deal to reopen it.

It would also include another measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. It would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

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