Trump pushes for border wall money as top lawmakers receive briefing

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Led by presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, they have scheduled votes on their first day in power on legislation that would end the shutdown without providing the wall funding Mr Trump wants.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he had no plans to consider bills proposed by the House unless Trump agrees to sign them into law. Democrats rejected the demand and parts of the federal government have been shut since December 22 because of lack of funding as a result.

"No, no. Nothing for the wall", Pelosi replied.

No one budged at President Donald Trump's closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the US border with Mexico.

The action is unlikely to break the impasse as Donald Trump has vowed to reject their proposal but it will set the tone for what's expected to be a tumultuous final two years of his first term. Crenshaw said. "And for some reason, they don't value this idea of border security".

"We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason", Pelosi said.

But while the "blue wave" swept dozens of House Republicans out of Congress last November, Trump's party managed to modestly expand its majority in the Senate, meaning Washington gridlock is nearly certain to deepen.

M Trump sought to frame the discussion more in the context of national security than budgetary matters. A Detroit Free Press op-ed co-authored by incoming Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, of MI, said the House does not need to wait for the outcome of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe "before moving forward now with an inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives on whether the president has committed impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors" against the state: abuse of power and abuse of the public trust".

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Before it can hope to tackle complex immigration legislation, Congress must reach a deal on the critical spending measure. It wasn't until several hours later that Jakelin's father, Nery Caal, told agents she was "sick and vomiting", CBP said .

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) holds his daughter Kathryn as the U.S. House of Representatives meets for the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 3, 2019.

Trump said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol officials will make a plea for a wall at the meeting. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are working without pay.

United States media reported that Mr Trump, when asked why he would not end the shutdown, had said: "I would look foolish if I did that".

The end of Trump's one-party rule in Washington invigorated Democrats still dejected over the bombastic Republican's 2016 presidential win. That approach - and the underlying intransigence - has been made easier by a president who has misplayed his hand repeatedly during negotiations.

"Democrats have been committed to protecting our borders".

Trump spoke during a White House meeting with his Cabinet as the partial government shutdown continues into its 12th day.

Pelosi responded by calling her vacation "totally unimportant" because "the fact is we all stood ready, and we told our members we'll have 24 hours notice for all of us to be where we need to be".

The President is seeking Dollars 5.2 billion in funding for the wall which according to him is a must to prevent flow of illegal immigrants into the US.