Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’

No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’

"A question to the president and Republicans is: Why don't you accept what you have already done to open up the government?" asked Pelosi, who will likely become House speaker on Thursday. Republicans had two years of unified government control to build a border wall.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat, N.Y.) awaits the start of the 116th Congress on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.

One office remains disputed as the House refused to seat Republican Mark Harris of North Carolina amid an investigation by state election officials of irregularities in absentee ballots from the November election.

Several beaming new lawmakers were seen hugging and shaking hands with veteran members and each other. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it a "total nonstarter".

Tlaib does not appear to regret what she said, tweeting Friday morning, "I will always speak truth to power".

No one budged at President Donald Trump's White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through a 12th day over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the US border with Mexico.

In excerpts of the speech she delivers to the House later Thursday, Pelosi vowed the new Congress would be "bipartisan and unifying" and "will debate and advance good ideas no matter where they come from".

Member-elect Lance Gooden interacts with fellow Congressman.

The president previewed his argument at the White House after meeting with Border Patrol agents who said walls work.

Many GOP senators are up for re-election in 2020 in states, including Colorado and ME, where voters have mixed views of Trump's performance in the White House.

Democrats have said they would want to hear any offer directly from the president.

After studying political science in Washington, she moved with her husband to San Francisco, where they raised five children.

"You can call it a barrier, you can call it whatever you want", Trump said.

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They will have that opportunity, as congressional panels will be led by chairmen who have pledged to probe topics such as Trump's income taxes, his firing of attorney general Jeff Sessions, and the president's ties to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Trump says his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, which is a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

But while the "blue wave" swept dozens of House Republicans out of Congress last November, Trump's party managed to modestly expand its majority in the Senate, meaning Washington gridlock is nearly certain to deepen.

Federal workers are bearing the brunt of the shutdown's effects.

But compromise was still elusive.

When Democrats take a House majority Thursday, they plan to pass legislation to fund eight federal departments through September 30 and reopen the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 while lawmakers negotiate border money.

Ms Pelosi will preside over the most diverse Congress in history.

Late on Thursday, the House passed two Democratic bills to immediately reopen government agencies for varying lengths of time, despite a White House veto threat.

"It's a new day in America", tweeted Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee elected from Minnesota.

The fresh-faced group will include a record number of women elected in the 2018 midterm elections, and their descent on the capital has revived the excitement felt on election night.

"We're not doing a wall", Ms Pelosi told reporters shortly before the votes largely along party lines.

"She's been very clear about what her agenda is, and it's far left of centre", Scalise told AFP.

While it is nearly certain that some Democrats will introduce proceedings to remove Trump from office, Pelosi has downplayed the idea.

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