White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Wednesday declined to "get into hypotheticals" when asked if President Donald Trump would support a bill in the Senate that has already passed the Democratic-controlled House reopening government through Feb. 8, with no wall money, to give bargainers time to talk. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled two votes to end the showdown on Thursday, a day before some 800,000 federal workers are due to miss a second paycheck. The first is rejected by Democrats and unlikely to move forward. The second is for the bill already passed by the House to reopen the government for two weeks while negotiations continue on a permanent solution. The White House isn't committing Trump to signing that bill if it passes, but Sanders also didn't say that Trump would veto the measure. Meanwhile, the White House is moving forward with plans for President Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress - despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it. Sanders said Pelosi cited security concerns when she made her request, but said the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security "who would have jurisdiction over whether or not the capital is safe for the president to visit have addressed those concerns" and satisfied them. The president cannot speak in front of a joint session of Congress without a resolution by both the House and the Senate specifying the date and time for receiving an address from the president. At this point, whether such a resolution would pass remains unclear.
Pelosi SOT "It was very irresponsible on the part of the president" U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hit back at President Donald Trump on Friday for allegedly leaking her commercial travel plans to visit Afghanistan… after Trump denied her the use of a military aircraft to make the trip. Pelosi SOT "we had a report from Afghanistan that the president outing our trip had made the scene on the ground much more dangerous because it's just a signal to the bad actors that you are coming…. You never give advanced notice when going into a battle area…" The White House quickly DENIED leaking Pelosi's plans to travel with several other Democratic lawmakers.. saying in a statement quote "The idea we would leak anything that would put the safety and security of any American at risk is an offensive flat out lie." Citing the 4-week-old partial government shutdown, on Thursday, Trump sent a letter to Pelosi calling off her travel plans just before she was set to depart, saying quote "Due to the Shutdown, I'm sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed." The move appeared to be in retaliation for Pelosi's request a day earlier that Trump postpone the State of the Union address until the shutdown was resolved…. The White House on Friday said it was barring U.S. congressional travel on government-owned or operated aircraft during the partial government shutdown unless approved by the administration… As meaningful negotiations between President Trump and Democrats seem to be fading, the president is showing no signs of budging from his position that he would not reopen government until Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, agreed to put $5.7 billion dollars toward a wall on the border with Mexico. As the two sides continue to feud, the hardship grows daily for some 800,000 federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay.
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Republican US Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott blame Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the partial US federal government shutdown. The senators, outside the White House on Tuesday, said Pelosi is looking for a complete surrender from President Trump. Two different votes are set in the Republican-controlled Senate with the aim to end the shutdown. One vote Thursday will be on a bill reflecting President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants. A second vote is set for a measure already passed by the Democratic-controlled House to reopen the government through Feb. 8. It doesn't allow money for a border wall but gives bargainers more time to talk. Neither bill is expected to advance under Senate rules requiring at least 60 votes. Senate Democrats have dismissed Trump's proposal, and it's unclear whether Senate Republicans will back Trump's insistence that the government remain closed until lawmakers allocate $5.7 billion for his long-promised border wall with Mexico.
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