Democrats offer plan to end shutdown, but no wall funds

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The partial government shutdown is in its second week over Trump's demand for $5 billion for the wall.

Chief of Staff John Kelly, who is as of today outgoing chief of staff, got in his last licks against Trump Sunday in an interview published by the Los Angeles Times. "Makes sense to me!"

If approved in the House, the government funding package would go to the Republican-led Senate.

Mr Trump earlier had upped the brinkmanship by threatening anew to close the border with Mexico to press Congress to cave to his demand for money to pay for a wall.

- Trump blamed the deaths of two immigrant children in USA custody on Democrats; Kelly blamed chaos at the border on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. There may be steel slats.

"There will be the physical wall and then parts of the wall that you can actually see through because it will rely on sensors and other technology", he told Fox News in February 2017.

Costello, indeed, believes Democrats are dug in on the border wall - and unlikely to cave.

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Trump has demanded $5 billion in funding for the wall, which passed the House, but Senate Democrats say that us taxpayers should not have to foot the bill, and have offered $1.3 billion in funding for heightened border security measures, which would exclude a wall.

House Democrats are introducing a package of bills that would re-open the US federal government without approving money for US President Donald Trump's border wall.

Trump on Twitter criticized Democratic opposition to the wall project, which carries a total estimated price tag of $23 billion.

While those officials and others jousted on the Sunday television news programs, there was no effort at direct talks between the warring parties.

Trump tweeted Monday to Democrats: "come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall".

However, they noted that the Senate passed a similar stopgap bill in December but Trump rejected it. Richard Shelby (R-AL). "I wish it were not so, but we've got to move away from the blame game". Central Americans are also deeply integrated into the U.S. economy, often performing physically demanding, low-pay jobs in construction, agriculture and other vital sectors.

Graham's comments floating a potential broader deal on immigration represented the only public outreach to Democrats from a leading Republican. But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of "Dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children - broke down past year as a result of escalating White House demands. Richard Shelby, who chairs the Appropriations Committee that is responsible for the funding, said on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday.

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"To my Democratic friends, there will never be a deal without wall funding", Graham said on CNN before the meeting with the president. Add Government Shutdown as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Government Shutdown news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The policy announcement took the White House by surprise, the former Homeland Security secretary said. But like the proposal now on the table, it did not meet Trump's border-wall demands.

The president has posted numerous tweets on the shutdown in the past days.

"Less hula, more moola" for the Department of Homeland Security, she said.

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/NewscomHouse Democrats have a plan that would end the partial government shutdown soon after the new Congress is seated this week.

But House Democrats alone will not be able to break the impasse.

It's unclear if the Senate will pass such a bill again. But at least one Senate Republican says it's time to move past the blame game.

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