Democrat-controlled House passes USA shutdown bills but impasse remains

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House Thursday Jan. 3 2019 in Washington. More

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House Thursday Jan. 3 2019 in Washington. More

Trump strode into the White House briefing room Thursday - the 13th day of the partial government shutdown -and declared that "without a wall you can not have border security".

Trump accused the Democrats of playing politics, as his White House signaled he was standing firm in his funding demands.

Trump also said it's "hard to impeach somebody that's done a great job", citing his work on tax cuts, regulations, veterans, military, and economic numbers. Trump repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has refused and U.S. taxpayers likely will be left footing the bill.

Asked if she would give Trump $1 for a wall to reopen the government, Pelosi said: "One dollar?"

Democrats, on the other hand, spoke of families unable to pay bills and called on Trump to reopen the government while negotiations continue. Trump would see the "sweet light of reason" if the measure were passed by the Senate sent to his desk, Schumer said.

"The partisanship, rancour and dysfunction of the Trump shutdown is exactly what voters rebuked in November", said Rep. -elect Joe Neguse of Colorado, a new leader of the freshmen class, in the Democrats' weekly address.

Democrats wasted no time flexing their new power late on Thursday, Washington time, by approving legislation backed by Pelosi that would end a 13-day partial government shutdown.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he would not call for a vote on any proposal that doesn't have "a real chance" of passing and getting a presidential signature. Dems are more focused on stopping Trump than building the Wall and helping the country'.

The comments from Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of ME - the only Senate Republicans running for reelection in states Trump lost - pointed to cracks within the GOP that could grow as the shutdown nears the two-week mark. On Wednesday, Trump also rejected his own administration's offer to accept $2.5 billion for the wall.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a conservative ally of Trump's who has urged the president to hold firm on securing wall funding, blamed the Democrats for the impasse.

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The new Democratic House majority will likely not have much effect on Trump's own legislative agenda, primarily because he has not had much of one.

The National Border Council is a labor union that represents agents and support staff of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Trump was joined by Pence in the Rose Garden, as well as House Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise.

In an interview on NBC's Today programme on Thursday, Ms Pelosi said there is no amount of persuasion he [President Trump] can use to get her to fund the wall.

Schumer said that if McConnell and Senate Republicans stay on the sidelines, "Trump can keep the government shut down for a long time".

"What we're asking the Republicans in the Senate to do is to take "yes" for an answer".

Credit rating agency Moody's said the shutdown would cause minimal US economic and credit market disruption but there could be a more severe impact on financial markets and the broad economy if the closure is protracted.

Thursday marked the first day of divided government in Washington since Trump took office in January 2017, as Democrats took control in the House from his fellow Republicans, who remain in charge of the Senate.

Congressional leaders have been invited back for another meeting at the White House on Friday, two days after failing to make progress.

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