Republican Senators Susan Collins and Cory Gardner, both of whom will face hard reelection campaigns in 2020, broke from the party and have announced their hope for a vote on these bills, according to The Washington Post.
The six-bill package passed the House 241-190 today, and the short-term Homeland Security spending bill passed 239-192. The other would provide temporary funding for Homeland Security, through February 8, allowing talks to continue over border security.
Most speakers have been elected with unanimous support from their party or a smattering of opposition. "We have given the Republicans a chance to take yes for an answer". "We are sending them back exactly, word for word, what they have passed", Pelosi said. "So they weren't even on the level with the vice president's offer that he made".
Trump said his meeting with the union officials had always been planned and just happened to come at "a very opportune time". "Let's not waste the time", McConnell said.
A small, but vocal, faction of Democrats initially worked to derail Pelosi's bid to become the next speaker following the 2018 midterm elections, but no challenger against her ever emerged and she ultimately succeed in winning over many of her critics.
As the impasse dragged on, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, said for the first time that the stalemate could continue for "months and months".
It has affected hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have either been furloughed or have had to work without pay.
I don't think the president or his team fully appreciate how miserable having a House Democratic majority will be.
In her opening speech Thursday, Pelosi noted she was especially "proud to be the woman Speaker of the House of this Congress, which marks 100 years of women winning the right to vote, as we serve with more than 100 women in the House of Representatives - the highest number in history".
El-Sissi says Egypt, Israel co-operate against militants
In February, Egypt launched "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018" in an effort to rid the peninsula of terrorists. Israel and Egypt share a number of regional interests - including the containment of Iran and combating ISIS.
Apple and Samsung bury long rivalry with iTunes TV deal
What's more interesting here is how Apple will be able to boost its services devision down the line with this announcement. Owners of these televisions will be able to access their existing iTunes movie and TV show library from within this app.
Shutdown stinks for beloved national parks
The waterless bathrooms in which visitors can relieve themselves into a sealed container buried underground had remained open. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the chairman-designate of the House Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement to E&E News.
"We won't be opening until it's solved", Trump said.
The White House issued a veto threat against both parts of the Democratic legislation because it did not include funding for a border wall.
Democratic Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, speaking to reporters late yesterday, argued that funding a border wall, which ultimately could cost more than US$24 billion, would hamper other, more important national security protections.
Pelosi reiterated that point and said she thinks Trump's obsession over the wall is not actually about securing the border.
Sherman told the Los Angeles Times that "there is no reason" Congress shouldn't consider impeachment: 'Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country'. But so far there are no signs of a breakthrough or any movement.
"We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offenses", she wrote, accusing Trump of "abuse of power and abuse of the public trust" along with a laundry list of crimes. "We will have no deal without a wall".
It would also include a separate measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial 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.