Immovable Forces Meets Trump's Will: What's the Wall Resolution?

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The Senate would not take it up because (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer would not allow the Democrats to provide the 60 votes necessary to take the bill up for consideration. Members of Congress left Washington while Trump remained at the White House.

Democrats note that the creation of a physical barrier to keep migrants from entering the country illegally is a waste of money, and instead offer a system of modern electronic measures along the border.

In the Fox News interview, Trump indicated that USA forces could continue battling Islamic State even as the withdrawal proceeded.

"We are not giving up".

On Tuesday, he tweeted, "Border Security and the Wall "thing" and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker!" With this measure, Democrats are explicitly trying to ensuring that the buck for the government shutdown stops with Trump and Senate Republicans.

The two parties will have to figure out an agreement, and the senators must be present for a vote on the Senate floor to send a bill to the president to sign and end the government shutdown. The politicians were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation.

Democrats in the US House of Representatives will introduce legislation this week meant to end a partial US government shutdown and fund the Department of Homeland Security through 8 February, according to a senior party aide.

The second bill would reopen and fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) only on a short-term basis. They would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

The two parts will be voted on separately on the House floor on Thursday, said Democrats, who will hold a 36-seat majority. If approved, the bills would go to the Senate.

"We do have an immigration problem", the former Marine said while describing his role spending 15 hour days alongside Mr Trump as "bone-crushing".

China 'releases' Canadian teacher Sarah McIver
Spavor has run an organization called the Paektu Cultural Exchange, promoting business and cultural ties with North Korea. Teacher Sarah McIver, from Alberta, was held earlier this month for "unlawfully working in China".

One of the slogans for Trump's 2020 reelection campaign will be "Promises made".

Also, some of the West's iconic national parks are beginning to partially close as they deal with overflowing restrooms and vandals on the 10th day of a federal government shutdown.

"If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans refuse to support the first bill, then they are complicit with President Trump in continuing the Trump shutdown and in holding the health and safety of the American people and workers' paychecks hostage over the wall", Schumer and Pelosi said in their statement.

"But only saying "wall or no wall" is being very disingenuous and turning a complete blind eye to what is a crisis at the border".

Trump's comments came after officials, including his departing chief of staff, indicated that the president's signature campaign pledge to build the wall would not be fulfilled as advertised. John Thune (R-S.D.). At the same time, administration officials said Trump was in no rush for a resolution to the impasse. I spent Christmas at the White House, I spent New Year's Eve now in the White House.

Graham told CNN before his lunch with Trump that "there will never be a deal without wall funding".

US President Donald Trump has invited top congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for a border security briefing, the first between the president and Democratic leaders since before a partial government shutdown began more than a week and a half ago, US media reported.

A partial government shutdown stretched into an eleventh day on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans dug in over funding for a barrier on the border with Mexico.

The Capitol is mirrored in the Reflecting Pool in Washington, as a partial government shutdown heads into a second week, Friday night, December 28, 2018.

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