Trump puts off Pelosi travel, citing shutdown - 1/17/2019 1:34:34 PM

Trump puts off Pelosi travel, citing shutdown - 1/17/2019 1:34:34 PM

Trump puts off Pelosi travel, citing shutdown - 1/17/2019 1:34:34 PM

The partial government shutdown is in its fourth week with no end in sight, with Trump still demanding $5.7 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border that he says is needed on humanitarian and security grounds.

Trump has still not said how he will handle Pelosi's attempt to have him postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened so workers can be paid for providing security for the grand Washington tradition.

Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers, the White House shifted tactics, trying to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate with rank-and-file lawmakers even as President Trump dug in for a prolonged shutdown.

According to the poll, about 43 percent of the public supports additional border fencing, and 25 percent support shutting the government down until the funding is approved.

But the White House threatened to veto a House bill that would provide $12.1 billion in supplemental funding for national disasters if lawmakers combined it with a separate measure to temporarily reopen shuttered agencies without funding for a border wall, saying such a move would be "unacceptable".

Trump on Wednesday is expected to sign legislation that would ensure 800 000 federal employees will receive back pay when the government reopens.

On Tuesday, the White House doubled its previous estimate of how much economic growth is being lost each week due to the shutdown.

If Trump opted for the latter, this would be by far the best thing to come out of the shutdown.

"We want to keep her in Washington", Sanders said.

The White House had no immediate comment on Pelosi's request, and her letter appeared to have taken aides by surprise.

Both the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday said they would call back almost 50,000 employees to handle tax returns, refunds and other tasks or to work in aviation safety inspection.

Trump had asked Democrats to attend a meeting on Tuesday, but no Democrats agreed to go.

The U.S. Constitution says the president "shall from time to time" deliver a state of the union address to Congress.

And that same day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged the president to delay his scheduled State of the Union later this month until the shutdown, which nears its fifth week, comes to an end. Trump said at the time Mexico would pay for it but has since backtracked, denying that he ever said Mexico would directly foot the bill.

The Jan. 8-14 national opinion poll found that 51 percent of US adults blame Trump, about the same proportion as a similar poll that ran in the first week of January. Pelosi was scheduled to take US military transportation, which Mr. Trump has the ability to halt, a senior White House official told CBS News.

The shutdown, now in its 26th day, affects nine government departments, including the Department of Homeland Security, of which the Secret Service is a component. CNN's Kaitlin Collins reported on Wednesday that "Stephen Miller and other speechwriters have been working on Trump's address for weeks" and that they "were prepared to craft it around the government shutdown".

Meanwhile a group of Republican senators headed to the White House later Wednesday.

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