Mulvaney: $5B Border Wall Demand 'Came Down,' But Dems Walked Out

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"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with", Trump tweeted Friday. Mostly, the Democratic aides declined to take the blame-game bait being dangled by the White House.

Mulvaney said the Democrats rejected the White House's counteroffer of "a number less than $5 billion", which is what Trump wants for the wall. "It's a very sad day when we can't get Democrats to even show up for work and sit down with us and have these conversations and try to help make real solutions and get something done".

The wall, on the US-Mexico border, was a big part of Trump's election campaign.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Pence proposed spending $2.5 billion on border security, including the wall, in a stopgap spending bill during his Friday and Saturday meetings with Schumer on Capitol Hill last week. It was not clear if some compromise could be struck between that offer and Trump's demand.

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That statement came in response to a White House statement that said Trump and his aides "stayed in Washington over Christmas hoping to negotiate a deal" while "the Democrats chose to go home".

Pelosi slammed Trump on Twitter during the Christmas holiday, claiming his holding out to get border funding is harming Americans.

Last week Trump said his administration was prepared for a lengthy shutdown.

Most of the federal government, which directly employs nearly 4 million people, is unaffected.

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Even agencies that are affected never totally close, with workers deemed "essential" still performing their duties. "Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!" The Massachusetts Democrat's request was not recognized by the presiding Republican. Trump is sticking with his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico, and Democrats, who take control of the House on January 3, are refusing to give him what he wants.

She has vowed swift action to fully reopen the government. He voted for it again, I think, in 2011.

That bill would then head to the Senate and it would be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) call on what to do next. It was the third attempt by Democrats to bring up the bill since the shutdown began.

After sitting for just a few minutes following a break for Christmas, the almost empty Senate adjourned until 10:00 am (1500 GMT) on Monday and was to continue budget deliberations only next Wednesday, which will be the 12th day of the shutdown.

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