Senator backs temporary re-opening of United States govt

Nellie Chapman
January 14, 2019

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, more Americans, by a wide margin, blame Mr Trump and Republicans in Congress than congressional Democrats for the now record-breaking government shutdown.

"I do think if we reopen the government, if the president ends this shutdown crisis, we have folks who can negotiate a responsible, modern investment in technology that will actually make us safer", Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE said on Fox.

"[Schumer] and Pelosi were so bad the other night that the president ought to pay them to go on TV once a week", Gingrich, the former GOP House Speaker, told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y., pointing to the Democratic response to President Trump's Oval Office address on border wall funding.

Mr Trump pushed back last Saturday on a media report that his White House was "chaotic" with no plan or strategy to end the shutdown. "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off". Sixty-six percent of respondents, however, oppose Trump using emergency powers to get a border wall built-something he has floated during the shutdown. Such a step would allow Trump to bypass Congress and tap various pots of unspent federal money, including for military construction and disaster relief and from asset seized by law enforcement, to pay for the wall.

Many Republicans doubt that the invocation of a national emergency would help their cause - likely influencing Trump's decision Friday to say he was holding off in order to give Democrats more time to strike a deal. "I'm not saying that to diminish the seriousness of Swine Fflu, but we have people crossing our border by the thousands", he said. "But we need money for that barrier", Trump said.

Biggs said that Republicans must "stand firm" behind Trump if he declares a national emergency. Many Republicans are wary, too. Such a move, should Mr Trump ultimately go down that route, would nearly certainly be challenged in the courts.

US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities at the White House on Friday. Senator Tim Kaine called the wall, which could cost an estimated $23 billion, a "vanity project" that Trump promised Mexico - not U.S. taxpayers - would pay for. "There should be timely negotiations on border security after the government is open".

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The lawmaker said Democrats had voted for $1.3 billion in border security before the shutdown started.

It hinges on Mr Trump's demand that government funding include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the United States border with Mexico, a key campaign promise.

While Trump has said he "can relate" to their loss of income, he says a broken border is more damaging than a government shutdown.

"If the president was a private citizen, if he was back at the Trump Corporation, he'd be looking at what's going on in Washington and scratching his head".

"I think [Schumer] is dealing with the objective reality that his party will not tolerate working with Trump", Gingrich told Catsimatidis. "They have to get together, forge a compromise, each side has to lose a little bit of face and we've got to get the government back open", he said.

"It's the last option, not the first option, but we're pretty close to that being the only option", he said. "Let's make a deal, but I'll do it if I had to, '" Graham told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

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