Senate passes bill guaranteeing back pay for workers after shutdown ends

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 11, 2019

Trump has said that he is prepared to hold out "as long as it takes" for a spending bill that includes wall funding before fully reopening the government ― despite the toll on federal workers and the public.

Democrats, who have a majority in the House, refuse to pass a budget that allocates any funding to the wall specifically, which they argue is expensive, ineffective, and a political gimmick responding to a border security crisis that does not exist.

As Trump traveled to the southern border to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to discuss border security, Graham has been trying to lobby members of Congress to come to an agreement on a bill that would fund the government and protect the borders.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., emerged from the West Wing and accused Trump of slamming the table around which he and leaders were sitting before, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., put it, "stomping out".

As it stands, voters hold the GOP and Trump responsible for the shutdown.

Trump has started to claim that he never said during his election campaign that Mexico would directly pay for the wall: "Obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they're going to write out a check", the president told reporters at the White House on Thursday.

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Democrats have offered more resources to improve border security, including new infrastructure, more personnel, and better technology, but Trump and the Republicans will not budge on wall funding.

The Washington Post suggested the White House was laying the groundwork for declaring an emergency that would let Trump build sections of a wall, possibly using funds from the Army Corps of Engineers.

"Not only was the president unpresidential ― surprise, surprise ― yesterday in his behavior, I think the meeting was a setup so he could walk out", Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill.

The president and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse over his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall along the southern border. Just 33% said Democrats in Congress were mostly to blame.

"We have plenty of funds if there's a national emergency", he said. Trump took issue with that characterization, denying that he acted out of anger.

The president was asked twice as he left for Texas if he plans to invite congressional leaders back to the White House to resume negotiations.

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