Washington is readjusting to the new year, but many of its pending issues are unfortunately familiar.
The second week of a partial government shutdown is nearly complete as Democrats continue to butt heads with Republicans who support President Trump’s firm demands on funding for a border wall.
U.S. Congress will gather for a short period as Democrats prepare to assume control of the House of Representatives. Yet as Republicans have only strengthened their hold on the Senate, it is unlikely that an agreement will be reached to restore the government.
Likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to offer a plan for government spending but as it doesn’t deliver on the $5 billion that President Trump wants for the wall it isn’t expected to get anything done.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders remarked that, “The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime.”
Trump has invited leading Democrat and Republican leaders to the White House to attend a border security briefing where he’ll likely add extra pressure for Democrats to start working together. Congressional sources remark though that this will not be a negotiating session.