The White House is planning a media blitz as President Trump pushes for a wall along the Southern border, which congressional Democrats have repeatedly rebuffed.
"President Trump keeps rejecting the bipartisan House-passed bills, which have already received strong bipartisan support in the Senate, to re-open the government", Pelosi and Schumer's statement read.
Democratic leaders are upset that President Donald Trump will receive television coverage for his speech about the government shutdown on Tuesday - and they're making some demands. Eastern time after Trump said he planned to address the country "on the humanitarian and national security crisis at our southern border". Trump wants to make his case about the government shutdown and wall funding in advance of Thursday's border trip. As a result of the standoff, about a quarter of the government shut down on December 22.
The White House said the letter, as well as details provided during the meeting, sought to answer Democrats' questions about the funding request. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it".
Trump campaigned on a promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has refused.
"Trump says "the Mexicans will pay for this wall.' I don't see that", he said".
The president is considering declaring a national emergency to free up funding for his wall, if Congress can't reach an agreement, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Monday.Читайте также: Disney Raises California Park Prices 10 Percent to Almost $150 Per Day
The administration is also seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for additional Border Patrol agents, immigration judges, detention beds, drug detection equipment and to address what it calls "urgent humanitarian needs". And he pushed back on criticism that this was just a way to appeal to Trump's "base".
During a private meeting with aides at Camp David on Sunday, Mr. Trump said he wanted them to come up with a resolution to the shutdown fight that would reopen the government without him appearing to have capitulated to Democrats, a person familiar with the meeting said.
Gutfeld said that Trump should discuss the "crux" of Democrats' arguments against a border wall, that one would be "immoral". In an exercise in political messaging, the House is expected to begin voting Tuesday on a series of bills to reopen shuttered government agencies without additional money for a border barrier.
"Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the president's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement.
Adding to concerns, federal workers might miss this week's paychecks. If the impasse is not resolved by then, some 800,000 federal employees will miss being paid for the first time during the shutdown.
Pence, who participated in weekend discussions on the shutdown, said Democratic staff said there would be no negotiations until the government is reopened. It also has the potential to impactFebruary food stamp benefits provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
At the White House, on Monday, spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp complained that Democratic leaders have yet to define what they mean when they say they are for enhancing border security.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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