Trump announces short-term plan to reopen government during funding negotiations

There’s a word for forcing people to work for untold weeks without paying them

Trump triggered the shutdown, which began on December 22, when he demanded the $5.7 billion in money for a wall along the U.S.

Shortly before Pelosi's remarks, President Trump announced a deal to reopen the government from the Rose Garden that does not include funding for a border wall. The official said the White House ultimately would accept a deal with lawmakers if it includes wall funding, even if it is less than $5.7 billion.

'That is not a reasonable agreement between the senators'.

Six Republican senators voted against Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and the Republican majority to back Schumer's plan.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune said the GOP defections weren't all that surprising, and that everyone just wants to see the shutdown end in some way. The House aide said the chamber could pass the measure as soon as later Friday if Republicans agree to hold a vote.

Trump's efforts at blaming House Democrats for the shutdown-a shutdown that he said last month would be his responsibility-are only going to make it more hard to reach any compromise that could pass the Senate.

Trump added he had a "very powerful weapon" that he did not want to use at this time - but that it's still in his arsenal.

But Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator who often has the president's ear, said he discussed with Trump the proposal for a stopgap funding bill. Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson of MS said he expects it to call for more than US$5.7 billion in spending on technology, personnel and other aspects of security. The Republican bill got 50 votes in favour, which was initially read out as 51, and 47 against.

The news that House Democrats will make a new offer to Trump comes one day after a letter began circulating from centrist Democrats calling on Pelosi to offer a vote on Trump's border wall in exchange for his support to reopen the government.

Trump managed to get only one Democrat, West Virginia's Joe Manchin, to support his proposal.

Mr Trump argued: "They have said they are for complete border security and they have finally acknowledged that having barriers will be an important part of the solution".

House Democrats already passed a bill that would temporarily fund the government through that time. The Democratic measure would have reopened agencies until February 8 to allow talks on a border security plan but wouldn't have funded a wall.

Trump had refused to sign any spending bills that didn't include $5.7 billion for the border security wall. "No wall money. Senate would vote first". Trump and Republicans have been under mounting pressure to end the impasse as the effects have become increasingly dire.

The shutdown is now in its 34th day, with some 800,000 federal workers left unpaid across the country and in United States installations overseas - and the knock-on effects affecting millions more.

Trump's proposal faced strong objections from Democrats who oppose the wall and the plan's changes in immigration law including new limits on asylum claims by Central American minors.

The measure would have also provided three years of continued protection against deportation for 700,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.

Every former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, including former White House chief of staff John Kelly, sent a letter to the president and Congress on Thursday asking them restore the department's funding.



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