ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – It’s Day 12 of the partial government shutdown. Some agencies that had previously been able to withstand this budgetary contretemps between President Donald Trump and the United States Congress will temporarily shut down today, including many of the nation’s national parks and the Smithsonian Institution’s museums.
As Democrats take control of the House of Representatives tomorrow, the president will meet today with the top eight Congressional leaders from both parties to negotiate an end to the shutdown.
Whereas the president says he will not back down from his demand for $5 billion in funding for a border wall, Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is expected to pass a continuing resolution she will send to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) which does not include wall money.
Senate Republicans are trying to help the president get out of an intractable negotiating impasse he has found himself in by redefining the aims of border security. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said at the White House Monday that “The wall has become a metaphor for border security.”
Meanwhile looking forward, Speaker-designate Pelosi is redefining strong Democratic leadership as she takes the gavel tomorrow.
.@realDonaldTrump has given Democrats a great opportunity to show how we will govern responsibly & quickly pass our plan to end the irresponsible #TrumpShutdown – just the first sign of things to come in our new Democratic Majority committed to working #ForThePeople. https://t.co/CGl1euCotB
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 1, 2019
And Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) from Massachusetts formally announces her 2020 candidacy to become President of the United States:
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill