House Democrats have plan to re-open government

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With his family in Florida and few staffers at the White House, Trump spent the day on Twitter attacking Democrats, justifying his planned withdrawal of troops from Syria, and defending his border wall, which is at the crux of the government shut down. There are seven outstanding appropriations bills: the series of measures the House Democrats are proposing would fund six for a year, and extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security through February 8. He said he was "not giving up" in his standoff with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The bills the Democrats will propose are expected to pass the House easily, given that Democrats will have a majority of 40 seats. I'm ready to go.

The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union, representing some 700,000 workers, on Monday announced that it was suing the federal government over the shutdown, writing in a statement that "the federal government is violating the law by requiring some federal employees to work without pay during a shutdown".

The homeland security piece of the package includes $1.3 billion for border fencing and roughly $300 million more for other border security items including cameras and technology. But the idea of clouding Pelosi's speakership only emboldened Trump, the officials said.

The first bill includes year-long funding plans for every government agency now closed, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security.

And on Monday afternoon it emerged that some of the most famous national parks in the western United States are closing partially because of problems such as overflowing public toilets and garbage facilities, vandalism to fragile areas and resulting dangers to human and wildlife safety.

"The wall is part of border security".

"There may be a wall in some places, there may be steel slats, there may be technological enhancements", Ms Conway told Fox News Sunday.

Pelosi responded with a tweet, saying Trump "has given Democrats a great opportunity to show how we will govern responsibly & quickly pass our plan to end the irresponsible #TrumpShutdown - just the first sign of things to come in our new Democratic Majority committed to working #ForThePeople".

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On Thursday, House Democrats plan to use their new majority to vote through measures that would reopen almost all of the shuttered federal agencies through the end of September, at funding levels Senate Republicans have previously agreed to.

McKinley said he is confident incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will not put forward any legislation with funding for additional security efforts at the border.

The White House didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Democrats note that the creation of a physical barrier to keep migrants from entering the country illegally is a waste of money, and instead offer a system of modern electronic measures along the border.

Trump on Twitter criticized Democratic opposition to the wall project, which carries a total estimated price tag of $23 billion.

Outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly finally got real in his final interview with The Los Angeles Times before leaving the Trump administration.

In case you've been asleep for the past few weeks: Trump and congressional Democrats are at an impasse regarding funds for his wall.

"An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media", Trump tweeted.