House defies Trump veto threat, passes funding plan without wall

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However, Democratic House reps like Ro Khanna from California, Tim Ryan from OH and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from NY have spoken out against it. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that she plans to vote no on the rules and that PAYGO is "a dark political maneuver created to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg". She vowed, in prepared remarks, "to restore integrity to government so that people can have confidence that government works for the public interest, not the special interests". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

"Without a wall you cannot have border security", the president continued after allowing the officers to make statements to the press.

As House speaker, Pelosi will regularly face off against President Donald Trump and will preside over an emboldened and energized Democratic majority that is poised to launch aggressive oversight of the President and his administration.

Battle-tested Nancy Pelosi was likely to win the gavel as speaker of the House of Representatives, a dramatic return to national power for the California Democrat who made history a dozen years earlier as the first woman to lead the chamber.

In light of the newly divided government, Thursday's votes set down a legislative marker for the House of Representatives, but did not produce a bipartisan resolution to the border wall stalemate or bring the shutdown any closer to its end.

The day unfolded as one of both celebration and impatience.

Tlaib is seen as one of a group of progressive new lawmakers elected to Congress. But such cooperation across the political aisle appeared unlikely as Trump continued to dig in over his demand that Congress approve a $5 billion plan to construct a border wall aimed at thwarting illegal immigration - with Democrats unlikely to appease him.

Donald Trump has used a surprise appearance at a White House news briefing to say he has "never had so much support" for his plan to build a wall on the Mexico border. That ensured the shutdown would continue, clouding the first days of the new session.

The White House has rejected the package, while the Republican majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, called it a total nonstarter and a waste of time.

"We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason", Pelosi said. She is picking up right where she left off.

At 78, Pelosi is the first person to reclaim to the speakership in more than 60 years, winning support from all but a dozen Democrats after two months of horse trading and policy promises. He called her leadership "unparalleled in modern American history".

One Democrat, Rep. Brenda Lawrence of MI, cast her vote for Pelosi "on the shoulders of women who marched 100 years ago" for women's suffrage.

Pelosi spoke about other priorities on the Democratic agenda after her election on Thursday - describing climate change as well as income inequality as pressing problems that need to be addressed.

Her comment was caught on video and been widely shared on social media.

In the Senate, Trump's Republicans have a comparatively comfortable majority of 53 to 47 seats after eight new members were sworn in. He faced six "no" votes from his now-shrunken GOP minority.

One hundred House freshmen took the oath of office, including trailblazers like New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.