Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Democrats offer plan to end shutdown, but no wall funds

Democrats offer plan to end shutdown, but no wall funds

"To be honest, it's not a wall", Kelly said in an exit interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Mr Trump has since acknowledged it will not be a concrete wall, but rather "artistically designed steel slats", though he continues to refer to it as a wall and not a fence.

When visiting prototypes for the wall in March (that included large concrete options) he said "you have to have see-through. you have to know what's on the other side of the wall".

After a Sunday lunch with Trump at the White House, Sen. The so-called "Continuing Resolution" funding bill would keep the lights on at DHS only until February 8, 2019, and continue current funding of $1.3 billion for border security.

"There may be a wall in some places".

"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 continued to press Democrats to "give us the votes necessary for border security" in a series of tweets on New Year's Eve.

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Appearing on CNN Monday, outgoing Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) tore into the president amid the continuing government shutdown fight. Trump still said "wall' for most of the last two years".

So did President Trump make the right call to shut down the government during the remaining days of a Republican-controlled Congress?

"Our negotiations are at an impasse", Shelby said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Richard Shelby, who chairs the Appropriations Committee that is responsible for the funding, said on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday. "If we blame each other, this could last a long, long time".

Graham is specifically calling for helping young "Dreamer" immigrants remain in the U.S.as well as another 400,000 people from countries struggling with natural disasters or armed conflicts.

Neither did Trump make any mention of the new free trade agreement, known as the USMCA, which he only recently signed with the two neighbouring countries to replace NAFTA and which he has repeatedly praised as a huge boost for American commerce. The clock is ticking to January 11 - the first pay period for those workers that will encompass the entire time period of the shutdown.

Graham's use of the term "metaphor" might be a strategy to give the president a way out of his ultimatum to Congress, which was to give him billions of dollars for his wall or he won't sign a spending bill to reopen the government.

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Democrats will include that $1.3 billion in the measure they plan to pass on Thursday. Montana Democrat Jon Tester, on the same program, said he prefers technology and more manpower at the border to a wall. "I think the President's point is an important one, which is that he has stayed in Washington to negotiate border security and to get funding for DHS and ICE and CBP and, of course, enhanced border security, which Democrats, until he took over as president, were all in favor of".

- Among the departments without funding are: Justice, Homeland Security, Interior and Treasury.

Graham said that Trump seemed "open minded" but noncommittal.

The House is preparing to vote as soon as the new Congress convenes Thursday, as one of the first acts after Democrats take control, according to an aide who was not authorized to discuss the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity.

But even that may be hard without a compromise because the Senate will remain in Republican hands and Trump's signature will be needed to turn any bill into law.

He said the hardline approach to illegal immigration that had seen children separated from their parents at the border was the brainchild of ex-attorney-general Jeff Sessions, who "surprised us" by announcing the move.

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