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Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the incoming minority leader, panned the Democratic effort to reopen government without wall money. "A dollar. One dollar, yeah, one dollar". McConnell, who went back to the Capitol, unaware of the press conference, said it was encouraging that the White House officials and the congressional contingent would meet over the weekend "to see if they can reach an agreement and then punt it back to us for final sign off".

"Anywhere that you look where we have built walls, they have worked", he said. "Does anyone have any doubt that we're not doing a wall?"

Democrats wasted no time flexing their new power late on Thursday, Washington time, by approving legislation backed by Pelosi that would end a 13-day partial government shutdown.

The shutdown is affecting about a quarter of the portion of the federal government funded by Congress, since the Pentagon and major agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services have already been funded through September 30 by spending bills passed by Congress earlier in the year. The bill, however, does not include the money that Trump has demanded for his border wall.

In a nod to the historic nature of her election, Pelosi said she felt "particularly proud" to serve as "the woman speaker of the House of this Congress which marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote".

Democrats feel the roughly a dozen agencies funded under these measures shouldn't be held hostage over the border wall debate.

The White House said ahead of the vote that Trump's advisors would recommend that the president veto the bill if it does not provide funding for the border wall.

Nancy Pelosi was officially elected the new House speaker on Thursday in a majority vote by the House of Representatives on the first day of the 116th Congress.

"I didn't reject it out of hand. Makes sense to me!", he tweeted on December 31. The House is expected to vote on two resolutions - H.R. 21 and H.R. 1 - which would fund key government agencies.

More than a year before she ran for Congress, Tlaib made headlines for being thrown out of an event in MI where Trump was speaking.

But with staff level talks there is always an open question of whether Trump's aides are fully empowered to negotiate for the president. "They didn't want to hear about criminal aliens, drug smugglers, smuggled & abused children or violent caravans trying to breach the border wall".

Part of the problem in coming to a deal, Democrats say, is that Trump often changes his mind. "We could call a national emergency and build it very quickly", Trump said, but added that "if we can do it through a negotiated process, that's better".

Pelosi, who was elected speaker earlier Thursday, also took a shot a Trump, calling his proposal "a wall between reality and his constituents".

As Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, told me on Thursday, there's "no end in sight" for the shutdown.

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".

"I want everyone to take the time to understand what is going on, we are all affected by the shutdown, we all have skin in the game", Del Cueto said.

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan confirmed that Sherman had filed his bill, tweeting: 'We knew they couldn't help themselves. He said he would wait "as long as it takes" to get the $5.6bn he has demanded.

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