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House votes to reopen Treasury, IRS, other agencies

House votes to reopen Treasury, IRS, other agencies

On Friday, the House will vote on the Transportation appropriations bill.

"Screw 'em", Representative Peter King of NY said of Democrats, as he prepared to vote against reopening the Treasury Department and the IRS.

The impacts of the shutdown were widening after a weekend of fitful staff-level negotiations at the White House yielded no result.

The legislation, introduced by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, consolidates four bills that did not make it through Congress past year.

He told reporters during a visit to the Capitol earlier Wednesday that he may turn to a declaration "at some point" if top Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi "don't agree" with his assessment about the problems at the border. The House had already approved similar legislation last week as part of a larger package.

Meadows also proposed a separate bill that would allow federal employees to make withdrawals from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts during a government shutdown. According to Rubio, Democrat leaders are trying to avoid a vote on his bill because it would expose how many Democrat BDS supporters are now in the Senate.

TRT World spoke to Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, to understand why Republicans chose to introduce this bill now.




Senators got the sense on Wednesday that Trump will fight for the wall indefinitely.

Maryland Democratic Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined their Virginia colleagues Tim Kaine and Mark Warner in outlining their request to prioritize House-passed spending legislation in a "Dear Colleague" letter.

"We shouldn't be forcing these men and women to shoulder the burden of Democrats' unwillingness to work with President Trump and congressional Republicans to solve the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border", he said. They say Congress should not address legislation outside of that which would re-open the government. "A couple", he responded, before adding, "but they're with us all the way". Each side is scheduled to address the nation Tuesday evening.

Trump was to give a speech making his case for the wall, a central promise during his 2016 campaign, in a nationally televised speech later on Tuesday.

Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of IL said the President's speech was "completely inconsistent with reality", arguing it's something he would expect to hear at a rally, not in the Oval Office. "They should not be caught in the middle of political ploys by politicians who are not serious about securing our border". "It's ridiculous", Murphy told Al Jazeera.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy argued Democrats aren't negotiating in good faith, saying they "don't even want to talk about the problem". Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told senators he doubted there would be 60 votes on the cloture motion and expressed bewilderment that the Senate isn't dealing with any of the "urgent issues" the country faces, despite the shutdown that began December 22, 2018, and enters its 19th day on January 9.

"This is the mentality of these people: They hate Israel", she says bluntly.