Day 18 of the government shutdown, Democratic strategy to reopen government

Day 18 of the government shutdown, Democratic strategy to reopen government

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talks to reporters at his weekly briefing Tuesday after meeting with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to negotiate the president's insistence that the budget must include $5 million to pay for a border wall. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY )(Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)


CAPITOL HILL – As we head into day 18 of a government shutdown, the administration of President Donald Trump is bypassing negotiations with congress and taking its argument to earmark $5 billion on a southern border wall directly to the American people. President Trump tweets that his Oval Office address tonight will address the “Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border,”

Democrats counter that the president’s argument belies the fact that less than 10% of $1.6 billion earmarked by congress for border security last year was spent by the White House. House Democrats are passing individual spending bills that bypass border-wall funding altogether.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks from the chamber floor on Friday of the Democratic strategy.

(Audio: Minority Leader Chuck Schumer statement. 6:30-9:30)

Looking forward, Vice President Mike Pence heads to Capitol Hill today to shore up Republican congressional support to continue fighting for $5 billion for a border wall, even at the expense of shutting down the government.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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