ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – Newly installed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi goes to the White House today to negotiate with President Donald Trump a way to reopen the government because of a dispute if $5 billion will be spent this year for a border wall.
Last night, House Speaker Pelosi introduced two continuing resolutions to reopen the government. One is a package of six appropriations bills that would provide funding for covered agencies through the fiscal year. The other is a stopgap measure that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8.
Senate Democratic Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said from the Senate floor that “The six bills are the same bills that Republicans, including Leader McConnell, supported in the Senate Appropriations Committee.”
During her press conference, she was asked how much she is willing to compromise:
(Audio: Nancy Pelosi answers whether she is willing to spend a dollar toward the wall.)
Then Speaker Pelosi clarified her position:
(Audio: Nancy Pelosi “We are not doing a wall.”)
Looking forward, Republican Senator from Colorado, Cory Gardner, is speaking out saying the federal government should reopen with or without funding for President Trump’s border wall.
Gardner said, “We can pass legislation that has the appropriations number in it while we continue to get more but we should continue to do our jobs and get the government open.”
Looking forward, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he will not bring any bill that doesn’t include border wall funding to the upper-chamber’s floor.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill