Trump says 'let's make a deal' as government shutdown enters day 11

Trump says 'let's make a deal' as government shutdown enters day 11

Trump says 'let's make a deal' as government shutdown enters day 11

A federal employee labor union is suing the United States government for requiring "essential" employees to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said on Wednesday he was sure the Supreme Court would side with him and that the administration would then be able to make a deal easily on the so-called Dreamers and the wall.

If they spurn funding bills for departments unrelated to border security, Republicans could be seen as holding those agencies and hundreds of thousands of affected employees hostage to Trump's desire for a wall, part of his hard-line immigration policies that appeal to his conservative political base. Pelosi said Tuesday that Democrats would take action to "end the Trump Shutdown" by passing legislation Thursday to reopen government. McConnell has said Senate Republicans will not approve a spending measure Trump does not support. They were expected to pass them as soon as the new Congress convenes Thursday.

But Trump appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone seeking to bring Democrats to the table after acerbic remarks over the weekend.

On Tuesday morning, after tweeting a New Year's message to "EVERYONE INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA", Trump tweeted: "The Democrats, much as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new Wall".

But its prospects are grim in the Republican-led Senate, which previously approved similar measures on the floor or in committee but has since fallen in line with Trump's demands for funding for the border wall. Trump made the border wall a key part of his presidential campaign and said Mexico would pay for it. Mexico has refused. The briefing, which is slated for around 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, is expected to focus on the border security issue.

Prior to Sanders' statement, Trump signaled he may still be willing to "make a deal" with Democrats.

The partial shutdown came after congressmen failed to come to an agreement on funding for border security, with the president demanding $5 billion for a wall on the southern border and Democrats instead offering $1.3 billion for overall border security.

"We are giving Republicans the opportunity to take yes for an answer", Pelosi said.

"It's simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won't sign", Stewart said. And it would provide stopgap funding until February 8 for the Department of Homeland Security, which is where the fight over border wall funding is contained.

The second part of the package would fund the other federal agencies that are now unfunded including the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Justice, through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. It would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

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