Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats' wall fight

Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats' wall fight

It's unclear at this point if the Wednesday meeting put any daylight between the moderate members and leadership. Maybe he thinks it's OK not to pay people who do work.

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said Tuesday the shutdown is slowing growth more than predicted.

The House passed the measure by voice vote.

In a letter to Trump Monday, Pelosi cited "security concerns" due to the partial government shutdown and asked Trump to either not deliver the address until the government had reopened or to deliver it in writing on January 29, as was done regularly until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson in 1913.

Seven Democratic lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen, have arrived at the White House ready to ask President Donald Trump to reopen the government while talks continue over border security. The shutdown has left approximately 800,000 federal workers without pay.

The White House did not immediately respond to the high-stakes move on the 26th day of the shutdown, as Trump and Democrats are at an impasse over Trump's demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border.

More than half of Americans blame Trump for the government shutdown, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Trump on Wednesday met at the White House with a different bipartisan group of lawmakers, the "Problem Solvers" caucus - a group Politico described as both "not empowered to make a deal" and "probably the group least representative of where most Republicans and Democrats are at the moment". But don't refuse to negotiate and tell us the wall is an "immorality" - because their voting history shows they don't believe that.

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The House has passed a Democratic measure to reopen the government through February 8 and provide $14 billion in emergency spending for recent hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.

Graham argued that by reopening the government for a limited period of time would provide the president with a better opportunity to get his way in increased funding for border security.

The shutdown is the longest ever, entering its 27th day Thursday.

Although Pelosi's letter is worded like a request, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has clarified she is, in fact, disinviting Trump from giving the address in person on that date.

Donald Trump Jr. spoke out against Pelosi's attempt to delay the speech. "But the last time I spoke to him was when he threw a temper tantrum and walked out, and we haven't heard from him since then", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday afternoon. While Article II of the Constitution states the president shall "from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union", nowhere does it dictate how this summary must be delivered to members.

People attend a rally to protest against government shutdown outside a federal government building in NY, the United States, Jan. 15, 2019. Typically, fewer than 1,000 former federal employees apply for jobless benefits each week.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had raised eyebrows among the US diplomatic corps last week when he proclaimed that morale at the State Department was "good" despite the shutdown and the fact that 40 percent of its employees in the USA and almost 23 percent overseas had been furloughed and the rest were working without pay.

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