House Democrats Vote to Reopen Government, Reject Trump’s Demand for Wall Funding

House Democrats vowed to press ahead on Thursday with plans to pass a legislative package that would reopen shuttered parts of the federal government without providing any new money for President Donald Trump's promised border wall -- despite a White House veto threat.

House Democrats on Thursday approved a legislative package aimed at ending the partial government shutdown while rejecting President Donald Trump’s demand for additional funding for a border wall, despite a White House veto threat.

As a result, the legislation is expected to be dead on arrival in the Senate, leaving congressional Democrats and the administration at a stalemate that threatens to prolong the shutdown, which is wrapping up its second week.

The House of Representatives first voted on Thursday to approve a stopgap spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not allocate any new wall funding, in a rebuke to the President. The bill passed by 239-192, with five Republicans joining Democrats.

Shortly afterward, the House voted to approve a legislative package made up of six full-year spending bills to reopen other shuttered parts of the federal government.

The key sticking point in the shutdown fight has been the President’s demand for $5 billion in wall funding, which congressional Democrats have refused to meet.

Congressional leaders from both parties are expected to meet with the President at the White House on Friday morning, though it remains to be seen whether progress toward common ground will be made as both sides appear to be dug in.

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that “if there’s no wall, there’s no deal” to end the partial government shutdown during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

While he expressed openness to negotiating an end to the shutdown, the wall was a clear sticking point: “We are here to make a deal, but it’s a deal that’s going to result in achieving real gains. … We will have no deal without a wall,” he said.

House Democrats have stressed that their plan to reopen the government would not provide any additional funding for a border wall, leading congressional Republicans and the White House to call the effort a “nonstarter.” On Thursday evening, the White House issued a veto threat against the legislation ahead of the expected House vote.

Earlier in the day, newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the President’s wall as “a waste of money” and “an immorality” during a news conference hours after reclaiming the gavel in the new Congress.

The partial government shutdown stretched into its 13th day on Thursday, when the new Democratic House majority was sworn in.

As the stalemate continues, there is no end in sight to the partial shutdown, which is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have either been furloughed or have had to work without pay.

“We’re trying to open up government,” Pelosi said on Thursday.

But she suggested that Democrats don’t plan to budge from their refusal to allocate wall money.

“We’re not doing a wall,” Pelosi said emphatically. “Does anybody have any doubt? We are not doing a wall.”

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11 comments

    • Crosstown

      70,000 Americans die each year from drug overdose, 63,000 Americans have been murdered by illegal’s in the US since 911, Number of women smuggled into the United States for sex trafficking in 2018 was 8759 , American tax payers spend 792 billion dollars a year for the illegal drug issues and illegals crossing the border. 5.7 billion was asked for since November to close trouble spots on the border. Dem’s say no claiming it is a manufactured crisis. Tell that to the families of the 133,000 American that have died.
      When the Democrats were last in controlled the house they approved 27 billion dollars for the wall under Obama for the ongoing crisis at the border. Obama shut down the government until his faulty and unconstitutional Obamacare bill was passed. Democrats are playing political games to prevent a “Trump Win” at the cost of American lives.

    • JC

      “The Democrats will do anything to get votes” – says the woman whose [anti-Christian] president pretends to care about issues like abortion to get the votes of evangelicals, and refuses to pass sensible gun laws despite all of the mass shootings in order to get the votes of gun owners. “All they want is power. They don’t care if they are hurting honest hard-working Americans” -says the woman whose party gave tax breaks to billionaires that put Medicare and Social Security at risk. …Your party wants to waste $5 billion dollars on a symbolic monument to Donald Trump along our southern border when there are much more cost-effective ways to maintain border security and laws can be changed about who is eligible for benefits.. Donald Trump made a promise he couldn’t keep, and now he is hurting honest, hard-working Americans to get his border wall. Because if he doesn’t, it totally destroys any shred of credibility he had with his base, who are slowly waking up and seeing beyond the Fox News propaganda…

      • jimbrony

        “when there are much more cost-effective ways to maintain border security” OK, name a few that guarantees that no illegals will cross our southern border and doesn’t put our CBP agents at risk.

      • jimbrony

        “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the U.S., undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, lawfully to become immigrants in this country” — 2005, Senator Barack Hussein Obama.