Monday, 31 December 2018

US House Democrats ready bills to reopen government with $1.3 billion for border security

US House Democrats ready bills to reopen government with $1.3 billion for border security

House of Representatives Democrats will introduce legislation this week intended to end a partial US government shutdown and fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, including $1.3 billion for border security but not the $5 billion President Donald Trump has demanded for a border wall, a senior Democratic aide said on Monday. 

 Democrats, set this week to take control of the House from Trump's fellow Republicans, they will also offer legislation to provide year-long funding for other agencies and departments that have been closed by a partial government shutdown that began on December 22, the aide said.

 Democrats have said they intend to vote on legislation to reopen the government on Thursday when the new Congress convenes.  
The homeland security legislation is based on a measure that has already passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

 Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border led to an impasse in Congress over legislation to keep parts of the federal government funded.

 Efforts to broker a solution since the shutdown began have failed and given way to a blame game between Democrats, Trump and other Republicans.

 Meanwhile, On December 28 both chambers of the US Congress convened for only a few minutes showing little sense of urgency over the shutdown but took no steps to end it.

 Trump wants the money to be included in spending measures that Congress must pass to restore funding to several government agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture and Commerce.

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