After being forced into shelving his annual State of the Union address by top Democrat Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump faced a fresh setback on Thursday, as lawmakers were expected to nix his latest proposal to end the U.S. government shutdown.
Trump was already smarting, after being forced into shelving his annual State of the Union address by top Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, until the government is fully operational.
'As the Shutdown was going on, [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address.
He added that she "then changed her mind because of the shutdown, suggesting a later date". However, as the shutdown continued into record-breaking status, Pelosi rescinded the invitation and asked the president to reschedule.
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US President Donald Trump will not be able to deliver his yearly State of the Union (SOTU) speech. The government has been closed for 34 days but neither side appears close to reaching an agreement.
Democrat James Clyburn yesterday suggested it might be "doable" to give the President money for a "humane wall" in return for permanent protections for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals and immigrants with temporary protective status.
Trump had backed a Senate measure which would have reopened the government and funded the wall, while a competing Democratic proposal would have opened government through Feb 8 without funding Trump's wall, and leave room for border security negotiations.
Earlier, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., threw cold water on reports that Democrats were working on a deal to fund border security but not a wall.
"Thank goodness we have put that matter to rest and we can get on to the subject at hand, open up government so we can negotiate how best to protect our borders".
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They were left considering possible alternatives before Trump scuttled the idea in his Wednesday night tweet.
The president said he is open to whatever results from the discussions between McConnell and Schumer, but Trump would not commit beyond a broad statement to assess what the Senate leaders announce.
Pelosi had initially invited Trump to give the speech later this month, but she sent him a letter last week asking him to delay his remarks or submit them in writing.
In a speech to the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Wednesday afternoon, Pelosi made no mention of the presidential address.
About a quarter of the government has been shut down since 22 December when some United States agencies' funding expired for reasons unrelated to border security or immigration.
"The three-week CR would only work if there is a large down payment on the wall", press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Roughly 800,000 federal employees are affected by the shutdown.
This week, as Democrats met behind closed doors, with polling showing Trump taking most of the blame for the shutdown, the caucus stood largely as one.
Opening government and negotiating later on border security, as Democrats have long argued, "is not going to cut it", Republican Senator Richard Shelby said before the votes.
File Photo: Nancy Pelosi speaks after being elected the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, on January 3, 2019.
"While a contract is a contract", he wrote, "I'll get back to you soon!"