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No breakthrough in U.S. shutdown talks, Pelosi plans new legislation

No breakthrough in U.S. shutdown talks, Pelosi plans new legislation

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned Democrats would move new laws to attempt to reopen elements of the federal government subsequent week after talks between the Trump administration and Democratic negotiators on Saturday failed to finish a two-week partial authorities shutdown.

President Donald Trump is demanding $5.6 billion to construct a wall alongside the U.S. border with Mexico however Democrats answerable for the Home of Representatives this week handed a invoice to reopen the federal government with out offering extra funding for the wall.

Trump says he is not going to signal the invoice till he will get the cash for the wall.

After a gathering geared toward breaking the impasse failed on Saturday, Pelosi mentioned Home Democrats would search to reopen authorities businesses subsequent week via piecemeal appropriation payments, beginning with the Treasury Division and the Inside Income Service.

“This motion is important in order that the American folks can obtain their tax refunds on schedule,” she mentioned.

Vice President Mike Pence led the administration’s crew within the assembly with Democratic negotiators on Saturday. He mentioned it was “productive” however an aide mentioned there was no in-depth dialogue of a doable compromise degree of funding for border safety.

The 2 sides agreed to fulfill once more on Sunday.

A Democratic aide conversant in the assembly mentioned Democratic staffers urged the administration to reopen the federal government, arguing that progress on the contentious difficulty of border safety could be troublesome whereas the federal government was closed.

Senior White Home Advisor Jared Kushner, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Safety Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Senior White Home Advisor Stephen Miller stroll to the West Wing earlier than a gathering with Congressional staffers about ending the partial authorities shutdown on the White Home in Washington, U.S., January 5, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The aide mentioned the administration as an alternative “doubled down on their partisan proposal that led to the Trump shutdown within the first place.”

With the 2 sides sticking to their positions, 1 / 4 of the federal authorities has been closed for 2 weeks, leaving 800,000 public employees unpaid.

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, additionally attended the assembly on the White Home, together with Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White Home chief of employees Mick Mulvaney.

They had been negotiating with senior employees for the highest Democrats in Congress, Consultant Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer.

Pelosi, who took over as Home speaker this week following Democratic victories at mid-term elections in November, has mentioned Trump’s proposed wall is “immoral” and a “waste of cash.”

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion ballot confirmed that 50 p.c of the general public blame Trump for the shutdown and seven p.c blame Republican lawmakers, in opposition to 32 p.c who blame Democrats.

Nonetheless, Trump reiterated his demand for a border wall in a sequence of tweets on Saturday.

“The Democrats may clear up the Shutdown downside in a really quick time frame,” Trump mentioned. “All they should do is approve REAL Border Safety (together with a Wall), one thing which everybody, apart from drug sellers, human traffickers and criminals, need very badly!”

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Trump threatened on Friday to take the step of utilizing emergency powers to construct the wall with out Congress’ approval. Such a transfer would virtually actually be met with authorized challenges.

The funding invoice handed by Democrats on Jan. three included $1.three billion for border fencing and $300 million for different border safety gadgets together with expertise and cameras.

Trump has in latest days backed away from his earlier insistence that it’s a concrete wall on the border, saying a metal fence would work simply as nicely, however he has caught to his demand of $5.6 billion.

Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Joel Schectman; Modifying by Meredith Mazzilli, Nick Zieminski and Susan Thomas

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