Trump expected to back short-term government funding bill

Trump expected to back short-term government funding bill

"We're talking, we're talking", he said.

The US Senate has voted down two proposals - one offered by President Donald Trump and the other by Democrats - to end the partial US government shutdown. The deal would leave Trump's request for wall funding for later talks, the aide said.

A bipartisan group of senators proposed a three-week spending plan created to buy time for congressional negotiations over border security spending.

No Short-Term Deal Unless it Involves "Large Down Payment" White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House January 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. He called Pelosi's opposition "unreasonable" and said, "Senate Democrats are not obligated to go down with her ship".

Trump said on Thursday that if Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer reached an agreement to end the shutdown, he would support it. In addition, 43 percent of respondents said they support the overall construction of a border wall, while 49 percent oppose it.

Trump told reporters at the White House the country had no choice but to build a wall to keep out what he said was a "virtual invasion" by criminals, human traffickers and drugs. "I have a very powerful alternative, but I didn't want to use it at this time", he said.

A Washington Post-ABC News opinion poll published on Friday showed public disapproval of Trump has swelled 5 percentage points to 58 per cent over three months, with a majority of Americans holding him and congressional Republicans most responsible for the shutdown.

The proposal would provide up to $5.7 billion to boost personnel at the border, add technical enhancements like sensors and drones and more immigration judges.

Senate Republicans boiled over in a private lunch after two dueling bills to reopen the government failed Thursday, taking out their frustration on each other and their leadership.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rejecting the idea of providing a "big down payment" for President Donald Trump's border wall as part of a solution to the partial government shutdown.

And Pelosi herself said on Thursday that "we will have some of our proposals for what comes next" in upcoming legislation offerings. "Re-open government now!" "But we can't do it with the government shut down".

Both bills need 60 votes to advance in the Senate, which is under GOP control by 53-47. But Senate Democrats pushed back against the White House offer. "The second proposal is something we all voted for before".

The Democratic-controlled House has already passed that bill, but Trump has said he would veto it.

On Saturday, the president proposed to extend protection for some illegal immigrants in the exchange for border-security funding that would end the shutdown.

"To my Democratic friends: Money for a barrier is required to get this deal done", he said on the Senate floor, explaining that Trump's spending of the funds would be limited to plans approved by the Department of Homeland Security.

Vice President Mike Pence attended a lunch with GOP senators before the vote and heard from politicians eager for the standoff to end, participants said.

The pain inflicted by the shutdown is "getting deeper and deeper every day", with 800,000 federal employees set to miss another paycheck on Friday, Schumer said. He also proposed to revamp immigration laws, including new restrictions on Central American minors seeking asylum in the US and temporary protections for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children. Trump's 2017 plan to rescind protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of "Dreamers" has been blocked by the courts.



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