US House Democrats vote to end shutdown

The Democratic package to end the shutdown includes a bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels - with $1.3 billion for border security, far less than Trump has said he wants- through February 8 as bipartisan talks would continue.

Trump himself made an appearance in the White House briefing room, where, flanked by members of the union for Border Patrol agents, he said he has "never had so much support as I have in the last week over my stance on border security. and for, frankly, the wall, or the barrier".

The first Muslim congresswomen - Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, who took her oath on the Koran, and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar, who became the first person to wear a hijab in Congress. "We are going to make it good".

Pelosi, who was chosen speaker of the House with a majority of 220 votes, struck a conciliatory tone in her acceptance speech, referring to bipartisanship and a unifying spirit. "Bullies don't win.' And I said, 'Baby, they don't, because we're gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach the mother***er'".

The White House has rejected the Democratic package.

It also includes a separate measure to fund the other departments closed by the shutdown, providing money until the end of September. We must rise to defend our Constitution, to defend our democracy, and to defend that bedrock principle that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.

Trump then introduced three border officials, each of whom was given an a short opportunity to explain why the president is right about border security.

One day before Democrats take over the House of Representatives, Trump showed no signs of backing away from his insistence that Congress cough up $5.6 billion for his "beautiful" southern wall. That was the high water mark of opposition from a speaker's own party since World War I and a harbinger of a power play by conservatives that fall that chased him from office.

Trump will meet with Democratic lawmakers on Friday, Pelosi said.

The short-term bill for DHS passed the House 239-192, with five Republicans breaking ranks to join all Democrats in support of the bill.

The president strode into the White House briefing room on Thursday and declared that "without a wall you can not have border security".

While Trump made clear during his press conference that talk on DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) would have to wait and that he was trying to negotiate with Congress on the wall, the conversations underscored rising Republican anxiety about just how to exit the shutdown.

Since taking over in 2017, Trump has continued to assert that a wall is needed but has backed away from insisting that Mexico pay for it.

'President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country, ' she wrote.

Trump has said the partial shutdown, which began December 22, will last "as long as it takes" to get the funding he wants. Trump had little to say early Thursday as the new Congress was convening, but he did tweet an attack on one of his likely presidential challengers, Sen. That expected barrage of investigations could bog down a White House already besieged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation collusion probe. "Now is the time to refocus the fight on ending this absurd shutdown and re-opening our government for business".

We enter this new Congress with a sense of great hope and confidence for the future, and deep humility and prayerfulness in the face of the challenges ahead, she said accepting the gavel as Speaker of the House.

  • Joey Payne