White House meeting ends with no progress on shutdown or border wall

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"How many more times can we say no?"

"We can go through this all back and forth - no", Pelosi added.

It's a cold opening for the new majority, setting up an early confrontation with the Republican-led Senate and the White House and testing the House Democrats' ability to make good on their campaign pledge to focus on kitchen-table issues in the new era of divided government. White House officials believed the educational brief would help convince the Democratic leaders that funding for a physical border barrier is necessary.

Congressional Democratic leaders emerged from a White House meeting with President Trump and their GOP counterparts with not much new to report about ending the government shutdown, making it clear that neither side had budged over Trump's demand that they give him more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. We're giving him a Republican path to do that. The administration has so far rejected the plan, which does not include funding to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. "Democrats intend to do that today", Justin Goodman, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said.

Trump made his case ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders about the migrants arriving at the border in recent days.

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The Democratic package to end the shutdown would include one bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels - with $1.3 billion for border security, far less than Trump has said he wants for the wall - through February 8 as talks continued.

Trump has countered by arguing that the wheel is an ancient technology as well, pointing out that if walls didn't work, former President Barack Obama wouldn't have one around his home.

The agencies that are unfunded and in shutdown mode include the Homeland Security Department that pays for the wall, as well as the Agriculture, Justice, Interior, Transportation, State and Housing departments.

Jeffries said that while Trump wants to "waste millions in taxpayer dollars on a medieval border wall", Democrats are drawing "a line in the stand" against the spending they say won't make the border any safer.

Pence proposed a compromise nearly two weeks ago in a closed-door meeting with Democrats just hours before a shutdown of parts of government that lacked appropriations for the current fiscal year. The move by House Democrats, however, is seen by Democratic aides as having the effect of jamming Senate Republicans and the White House as talks for a compromise agreement to reopen the government remain at an impasse.

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"It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported", the Democratic leaders said.

"The president and I have had a little tiff", Coulter said.

Even if only symbolic, the passage of the bills in the House would put fresh pressure on the President. That was 30 years ago.

They're set to approve a rules package on Thursday that sets a new tone for governing. They would take place after the election of a new House Speaker, a contest Pelosi was expected to win as leader of the new House majority.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders in a statement late on Tuesday called the Democratic plan "a non-starter". The Senate passed that bill unanimously and then Trump refused to sign it, at which point the House declined to bring it up for a vote.

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