US President Donald Trump is meeting congressional leaders at the White House today where he will discuss funding for his border wall, a divisive issue that has pushed a government shutdown into its 12th day.
Schumer and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prepared to attend the meeting with Trump as Democrats remain unified in their opposition to extending additional taxpayer money to finance a wall on the Mexico border.
"The partisanship, rancor and dysfunction of the Trump shutdown is exactly what voters rebuked in November", said Rep. -elect Joe Neguse of Colorado, a new leader of the freshmen class, in the Democrats' weekly address.
While appearing on CNN on Wednesday, Alexandra Pelosi gave a graphic description of how her mother would deal with people like the president.
The Democrats' two-part package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8 and provide $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras. And so he hunkered down in the White House over Christmas, and spent New Year's Eve tweeting through it.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) further pressed the point, saying he'd confronted Trump during the meeting about why he wouldn't accept that offer.
The briefing is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, the day before Democrats assume control of the House.
The partial shutdown is affecting about a quarter of the federal government, and 800,000 federal employees. Aides suggested there would not necessarily be a traditional wall as Trump has repeatedly insisted since his presidential campaign, but he contradicted them. Mr. Trump said the border is leaking "like a sieve" and the wall is the answer.
Trump said the shutdown affecting about a quarter of the federal government and 800,000 federal workers would last for "as long as it takes" as he pushes lawmakers for money for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border as part of any legislation to reopen agencies shuttered when their funding lapsed on December 22.
For the White House, the final position is more ambiguous: Vice President Mike Pence put a proposal for $2.5 billion for a combination border security and immigration priority funding on the table last week, but was rebuffed by Schumer.
"Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal. If you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good". That measure would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.
The agencies that are unfunded and in shutdown mode include the Homeland Security Department that pays for the wall, as well as the Agriculture, Justice, Interior, Transportation, State and Housing departments. They don't value the sanctity of our borders.
McConnell has said Senate Republicans will not approve a spending measure that Trump does not support.
The current shutdown is the longest since a 16-day partial shutdown in 2013 over the Affordable Care Act.