Eliza Collins and Michael Collins USA TODAY Published 11:48 AM EST Jan 23, 2019 WASHINGTON – House Democratic leaders are drafting a letter to President Donald Trump that would propose roughly $5 billion in border security – if the president agrees to reopen the government. The proposal does not include money for any “new structures” along the southern border as the president has demanded, so it is unlikely to move as is. But it is still significant because it is the first time Democratic leadership will broadly lay out what they might accept in a compromise to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 33rd day. “It’s a starting point. You know, I think we all want border security. There is no question about it," Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told reporters Wednesday. "It’s just that some of the things that are being pursued in the name of border security … [Read more...] about Government shutdown 2019: House Dems to make new offer to Trump
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Michael Collins and Eliza Collins USA TODAY Published 5:40 PM EST Jan 22, 2019 WASHINGTON – The Senate will vote Thursday on a pair of bills to fund the federal government, the first sign of movement in weeks toward ending a budget standoff that has triggered the longest government shutdown in history. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday the chamber will vote to begin debate on a bill that would provide $5.7 billion for a border wall and make other concessions that President Donald Trump offered to Democrats over the weekend. If that bill fails to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster, senators will then vote to begin debate on a short-term measure that would reopen the government until Feb. 8. The House approved that proposal last week. But that bill also will require 60 votes, a threshold that will be hard to reach and will require bipartisan support. And even if the measure passes, … [Read more...] about Government shutdown: Congress takes different paths toward resolution
Kirk Brown The Greenville News Published 5:31 PM EST Jan 22, 2019 GREENVILLE, S.C. – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will present a proposal to President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning to end the federal government's partial shutdown. Graham said he will urge Trump to sign a measure reopening the entire federal government if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agrees to take up a bipartisan Senate bill dealing with a border wall and other immigration issues. “That would guarantee us a pathway forward if the Senate could find a solution to this problem," Graham told members of the media on Tuesday afternoon in Greenville. “Give us about three weeks to see if we can work this out," said Graham, a Republican from Seneca. "To me that seems to be a good way to jump-start the process." The partial government shutdown, which is affecting 800,000 federal workers, has dragged on for more than a month. Democrats who now control the House have refused to budge in their … [Read more...] about Government shutdown: Lindsey Graham to give Donald Trump new proposal
A.J. Perez and Nancy Armour USA TODAY Published 2:21 PM EST Jan 21, 2019 Super Bowl LIII could be the first major sporting event in more than two decades held during a government shutdown, although federal officials told USA TODAY Sports that those attending the game or the events surrounding it shouldn’t worry any more than the first 52 games that were played with a fully employed government. “Nothing has been curtailed,” FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson told USA TODAY Sports. “We are fully operational.” This year’s Super Bowl, scheduled for Feb. 3 between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, is a SEAR 1 event, the federal government’s second-highest security classification. The State of the Union address, categorized at the highest level (NSSE), is scheduled for Jan. 29, although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested to President Trump last week that it be postponed because of security concerns … [Read more...] about Super Bowl LIII: Will government shutdown impact security in Atlanta?
President Trump's border wall will be a key topic for debate as lawmakers return to Washington this week for what's known as the lame-duck session, which includes returning lawmakers and who are retiring or who lost their re-election bids. Lawmakers are running out of time to address the looming deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown. In less than two weeks Congress must pass seven spending bills that keep several government departments up and running. Five of the 12 annual spending bills have been passed by the House and Senate and signed by the president, funding operations for those departments through Sept. 2019. The remaining seven have not, and the president is threatening a veto if the funding for his border wall is not included. "Could there be a shutdown? There certainly could," the president told reporters last week on Thanksgiving, implying a veto threat over funding for his signature campaign issue. "And it will be about border security, of which the … [Read more...] about Averting partial government shutdown tops lame-duck agenda for Congress