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The House is preparing to vote as soon as the new Congress convenes on Thursday (Friday NZ TIme), as one of the first acts after Democrats take control, according to an aide who was not authorised to discuss the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity. He's signaled he's in no rush to give up on a signature campaign issue as he launches his own re-election bid in 2020. "Without confirming reports that Pelosi had been on a five star Hawaiian vacation for much of the Congressional recess, Hamill noted that "[Pelosi] has been in her hometown of San Francisco since Saturday and will be in Washington on Monday and Tuesday".

Democrats under Nancy Pelosi are all but certain to swiftly approve the package, making good on their pledge to try to quickly resolve the partial government shutdown that's now in its second week.

"Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people", Mr Kelly said, describing many of them as victims misled by traffickers.

"There's a deal to be had, I think", Graham said, explaining that Trump "is willing to do some things to get what he wants".

But House Democrats alone will not be able to break the impasse.

After a Sunday lunch with Trump at the White House, Sen.

But, reacting to the news that a second migrant child died this month while in the custody of USA officials, Trump seemingly suggested that Border Patrol agents do, in fact, want a wall. It found that veterans overall approved of Trump's job performance, but women, the fastest growing demographic group in the military, defied that trend with a majority disapproving of him.

But as the shutdown drags on, some moderate Republicans may start pressuring McConnell to take a more active role by putting the House bill on the floor for amendment.

"And negotiation by definition has to include both sides", Conway said. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on "Face the Nation". "Nobody wins in a shutdown, we all lose". They show no signs of bending, either.

Now House Democrats are hitting back with a two-part plan that would fund the Department of Homeland Security until February 8 and fund all other closed departments - such as Justice, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Agriculture - for the rest of the fiscal year through September 30.

- Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, the incoming Democratic caucus chairman, said on ABC that Democrats will not help fund an "ineffective, Medieval border wall that is a 5th century solution to a 21st century problem".

Kelly added, "But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it".

Face it, Republicans. There is no nuance with Trump.

Trump said he's waiting in the Oval Office for Democrats to return to Washington and negotiate an end to a partial government shutdown.

"We attach high (75 percent) odds on the White House and new Congress resolving differences to the government shutdown next week", said Charles Gabriel, an analyst at policy research and strategy firm Capital Alpha Partners. "They have known, and they do know, that if they can get here, they can, generally speaking, stay".

In comments that are likely to irritate his boss, Kelly said the way to halt illegal immigration was to "stop United States demand for drugs, and expand economic opportunity" in Central America. The Senate, which will still be controlled by Republicans in the new Congress, will not be taking up legislation that doesn't have the president's support.


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