House Dems approve plan to re-open government

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07 January, 2019

On Thursday night, her first night as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, new Michigan Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib spoke to a crowd of supporters and chose to personify the famous statement of Michelle Obama that Democrats go high when the GOP goes low, saying of President Trump, "We're gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach the mother***er".

"In the spirit of our Constitution, I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in the House Chamber", Pelosi said in the letter. White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp told reporters on Thursday.

The six-bill package passed the House 241-190 Thursday night, and the short-term Homeland Security spending bill passed 239-192.

How has the shutdown come about?

The shutdown is affecting about a quarter of the portion of the federal government funded by Congress, since the Pentagon and major agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services have already been funded through September 30 by spending bills passed by Congress earlier in the year.

Vice President Mike Pence swore in newly elected senators, but Senate Republicans under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had no plans to consider the House bills unless Trump agreed to sign them into law.

After the November congressional elections, Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the Senate and Democrats have a 235-199 margin in the House, with one seat undecided. It will not get approval from the Republican Senate or the President, and Democrats know it.

What is new about this Congress?

The halls of the Capitol were bustling with arrivals, children in the arms of many new lawmakers. It's all handshakes and smiles; ceremony and sunshine. For the first time in U.S. history, a government shutdown - the fourth-longest on record already - has stretched from one Congress into the next. But the champagne toasts were abbreviated, as the real work in Congress began nearly immediately.

House Democrats are "diligent and persistent in trying to open up government,"Â Pelosi told reporters earlier Thursday".

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One union representing federal workers slammed Trump's claim. "It's a barrier from people pouring into the country, from drugs". About 25 percent of discretionary government spending, spanning dozens of departments and agencies, has run out of money.

This was the opening move, however. Trump then re-took the podium to reiterate that the United States can not have border security without a wall.

Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, also indicated support for an element of the Democrats' approach.

"I'm realistic, not optimistic", he added.

Pelosi has already outlined a plan for Democrats to pass a legislative package later in the day on Thursday to re-open shuttered parts of the government.

Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress.

"And, that we all have the ability and the privilege to serve with over 100 women members of Congress - the largest number in history".

Trump on Thursday made an unannounced appearance in the White House briefing room to make the case for the border wall, accompanied by members of a union that represents border patrol agents that endorsed him for president in 2016.

Rashida Tlaib was speaking at an event in MI on Thursday afternoon when she made her statement about the president.

Hours after she was sworn in to Congress, Michigan Democratic Rep.

Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy said divided government was "no excuse for gridlock or inaction" before handing the gavel to Pelosi.

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