The incoming Democratic majority in the House of Representatives will vote on a measure to reopen the federal government when the new legislative session begins on Thursday.
After the new Congress is sworn in, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expected to be elected House Speaker – and, as such, the most powerful woman in American politics – for the second time.
President Donald Trump refused to sign legislation that would have kept the government open because the bill did not include funding for a border wall. As a result, hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been furloughed since December 22.
“The legislation will include the full-year appropriations for six of the seven outstanding funding bills and stop-gap funding until Feb. 8 for the Department of Homeland Security,” NPR reported on Monday. “which is where the fight over President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding is contained.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said he will only put forth a bill Trump intends on signing.
On Monday, Trump demanded Democrats give him everything he wanted. He based his case on a false claim that Democrats supported a border wall in the recent past.
“I’m in the Oval Office,” Trump wrote. “Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and Fast!”
I’m in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and Fast!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2018
At least Democrats are trying.
Whether it gets through or not, it shows that the Democrats are trying to reopen the government where Trump is doing nothing!
— NYCwondergirl (@NYCwondergirl) December 31, 2018
The president decided not to sign the Senate bill that passed in the Senate with bipartisan support. The House was also expected to pass the bill. The entire shutdown could have been avoided.
— MaryKatherine Reid (@MKandMarma) December 31, 2018
It’s hilarious that the first thing the democrats have to do is reopen the damn government. Trump and the gop couldn’t run it and it got shut down. Haha. I don’t have a clue how any of you could still be republican at this point.
— Michael Hart (@threeflats) December 31, 2018
The House should pass, verbatim, the funding bill the Senate already passed. That way it will not need to go through the reconciliation process and land directly on Trump's desk.
— M. Leo Cooper (@MLeoCooper1) December 31, 2018
And here comes the group that will save us from an insane “president” and an impotent congress: the Dem led house!
— Robyn Dettman (@RDettman) December 31, 2018
It is SO on!! Pelosi is coming and she means business.
— Claudia Lamb (@ClaudiaLamb) December 31, 2018
The adults come into power on January 3rd
— Kimathome (@trumpdumpnow) December 31, 2018
People are understandably frustrated, especially since members of Congress are constitutionally guaranteed to get paid while the government is closed.