Nancy Pelosi Takes Her Rightful Place as Speaker of the House

Trump digs in on Day 12 of shutdown, calling a border wall timeless, not antiquated -- like the wheel

Instead, they argued, the president and Republicans should sign funding legislation that doesn't include wall funding but would fund the government, which is partially shut down. This rejection, during public comments as part of a Cabinet meeting, came just in advance of Trump meeting in the afternoon with leading Democratic members of Congress in what the White House described as a border-security briefing. Last month, he initially agreed to a budget deal without wall funding that would have averted a shutdown, but he reneged under pressure from conservative commentators.

Pelosi and incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and other House and Senate leaders met with Trump at the White House Wednesday to discuss the impasse.

"Chairman McGovern and House Leadership have committed to us that PAYGO will not be an impediment to advancing key progressive priorities in the 116th Congress", the co-chairs said in a statement.

In her opening speech Thursday, Pelosi noted she was especially "proud to be the woman Speaker of the House of this Congress, which marks 100 years of women winning the right to vote, as we serve with more than 100 women in the House of Representatives - the highest number in history".

"I said, Mr. President, Give me one good reason why you should continue your shutdown", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said afterward.

The House is poised to pass legislation that would re-open the government, but without Trump's $5.6 billion request for a wall. They don't value the sanctity of our borders and that's really problematic, especially for a border state like Texas.

"This doesn't need to go on very much longer", McCarthy said. He added that Trump and Republicans "are now feeling the heat". The last time a speaker regained the gavel was more than a half-century ago.

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It looks like there's no end in sight to the battle over the border, and now President Trump has another challenge on his hands.

One Democrat bill would temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security until 8 February, while another measure would fund other departments closed by the partial shutdown until 30 September.

"We're not doing a wall", Pelosi said emphatically. Trump says people then couldn't enter unless they were a "champion pole vaulter". Over 800,000 workers were furloughed without pay and 1.3 million were asked to work without pay. In FY 2017, there were about 310,000.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters following a border security briefing with U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional leadership at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 2, 2019.

But a NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll taken before the shutdown began had a different finding.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders accused Democrats of refusing to compromise.

Democrats said they asked Trump directly during Wednesday's private meeting held in the Situation Room why he wouldn't consider their package of bills.

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