House to revote on stopgap funding bill next week

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Joshua Roberts Reuters

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: "Get your act together" Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be "deterred" by Dem "obstruction" MORE on Wednesday signed a bill guaranteeing back-pay to federal workers furloughed during the partial government shutdown that began in December.

(Washington, D.C.) - In an effort to push President Trump and Senate Republicans to reverse course on their manufactured shutdown of the federal government, today U.S. Senator Patty Murray joined Senate Democrats on the Senate floor and on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to share more stories from Washington state families who have been impacted by the Trump Shutdown.

In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security are affected by the partial government shutdown, now it its fourth week.

Trump said at the Pentagon on Thursday the government remains shut down because congressional Democrats refuse to approve border security.

Democrats remain opposed to Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The US government shutdown continues, leaving 800,000 federal employees forced to take a leave of absence or working without pay.

Seven Democratic lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen, attended a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.

Phillips said the group was not there to negotiate but "to better understand each other, which I think we did ... and perhaps provide a little bit of daylight through which we can walk".

Inviting the president to give the speech is usually pro forma, and Pelosi issued the invitation in routine fashion, in consultation with the White House, several weeks ago.

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She was granted bail shortly after her arrest, but remains under constant surveillance and must wear an electronic ankle tag. He said the swiftness of the proceedings was unusual but declined to comment on whether it was related to Meng's arrest.

Senate Democrats have planned an event on the steps of the Capitol meant to highlight the havoc of the shutdown is wreaking, as 800,000 federal workers are furloughed or required to work without pay, and contractors do not receive payments.

The speech, which the president would deliver to a joint session of Congress and a national broadcast audience, was originally scheduled for January 29. "It would be completely inappropriate for President Trump to further deplete the agency's resources and manpower for the sole objective of having an hour of uninterrupted prime time television coverage", he said.

More than half of Americans blame Trump for the government shutdown, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

White House economists previously estimated that the quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) would lose about 0.08 percent in growth each week that the shutdown lasts.

The senators want to send the letter as soon as Wednesday, Politico reported, as the shutdown entered its record-breaking 26th day.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it was recalling about 2,500 furloughed Farm Service Administration employees to assist farmers with existing loans and ensure the agency meets a deadline for providing tax documents.

There is still no hope in sight for the end of the current shutdown which has been learnt to have impacted a quarter of the federal government and a large number of federal workers.

"The President and his team had a constructive meeting with bipartisan members of the problem solvers caucus", Sanders said.

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