New US Congress in Divided Government

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As Democrats battle with President Donald Trump on border wall funding and the partial government shutdown continues, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is defended her vacation in Hawaii amid the shutdown while taking a jab at the president. Democrats rejected the demand and parts of the federal government have been shut since December 22 because of lack of funding as a result.

Ahead of a briefing for congressional leaders at the White House in the afternoon, Trump said the government "is in a shutdown because Democrats refuse to fund border security". Beginning Thursday, Democrats would enjoy majority in the House of Representatives.

Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other congressional Democrats have rejected President Donald Trump's calls for $5 billion of funding for a wall on the southern border. Representative Jim McGovern of MA, the incoming Democratic Rules chairman, said he was dismayed that any Democrats would oppose the party's own measure for how the House will be run, but he said the internal opposition won't be enough to sink the bill.

At the Capitol on Wednesday, Pelosi said she hoped Republicans and the White House "are hearing what we have offered" to end the shutdown.

The president added he believes the people of the United States think he was right to shut down the government in order to secure the border security funding.

"We asked the president to support the bills that we support that will open up the government", Schumer said.

The impasse will therefore continue, as Republicans still control the Senate and say they will not pass the funding bills without Mr Trump's approval.

"This is the Trump shutdown, through and through".

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With the Democrats having won back control of the House of Representatives in the November midterms, Pelosi will likely once again become Speaker of the House when the new congress officially convenes on Thursday - despite some rumblings that younger, more progressive members of the party wanted to mount an effort to oust her.

"This House will be for the people", she said, outlining an agenda "to lower health costs and prescription drugs prices, and protect people with pre-existing conditions; to increase paychecks by rebuilding America with green and modern infrastructure - from sea to shining sea".

Pelosi, a liberal who represents San Francisco, will lead a House with 235 Democrats, 199 Republicans and one seat in North Carolina still being contested.

He said while Democrats are focused on "optics and narrative" heading into the 2020 election, Republicans should get behind the president. "I would look foolish if I did that", Trump reportedly said, according to The New York Times, saying he was elected because of his promise to build a border wall. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are working without pay. Guthrie asked. "A president who is in office?"

For Democrats, that means they will not put anything on the table beyond the current $1.3 billion for border security.

Trump says a complete wall is needed.

So the standoff rumbles on and so will the partial shutdown.

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