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According to an anonymous aide quoted by the Associated Press, the House is preparing to vote on the package on Thursday, when the new Congress will convene with Democrats in the majority in the lower chamber for the first time since 2010. Democrats have more tangible reasons for thinking that: polls which show (a) the public blames the shutdown on Trump more than on congressional Democrats, and (b) Trump's motive for refusing a deal, his border wall, continues to be unpopular. But the bill includes only $1.3 billion for border security, and since President Trump wants $5 billion for a border wall, the White House said Monday he will reject it.

Wall demand: Donald Trump is adamant he will build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The partial government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse.

The new year will start like how 2018 ended: the federal government will be under a partial shutdown with no end in sight.

The government shutdown is now stretching into 2019.

Trump on Monday evening equated border-sealing walls to the wheel, one of mankind's most important inventions.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office could not provide any predictions about how the Senate would proceed on the legislation, but said that the Senate would not deliver anything to the President that he would not sign.

Trump wrote on Twitter that border security could not exist "without a strong and powerful Wall".

The "other places" Trump had reportedly chose to remove U.S. troops included Afghanistan, which led retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal to criticize the pullout as "weakening" the incentive for the Taliban to deal with the U.S. Asked if he could work for Trump, McChrystal, who resigned in 2010 after leveling criticism at Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, bristled: "I think it's important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it". "The legislation would continue existing levels of border funding without giving President Trump the new wall money he is seeking".

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CBS New York reports NYPD said a transformer exploded at the utility company's facility in Astoria shortly after 9 p.m. According to a report from USA broadcaster NBC, the LaGuardia airport was briefly ingulfed in a "total blackout".

Pelosi is expected to secure enough Democratic votes to become speaker for a second time. McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart said Senate Republicans would not take action without Trump's backing.

The US government shut down on December 22 after Democratic lawmakers and Trump failed to reach an agreement over construction of his border wall. "But always saying "wall" or "no wall" is being very disingenuous and turning a complete blind eye to what is a crisis at the border when it comes to the drugs pouring in".

Trump's latest statements are in effect another version of his tweet earlier in the day when he said: "I'm in the Oval Office".

The bill will go from the Democratic-controlled House to the Republican-held Senate and from there, it would need Trump's signature.

After a Sunday lunch with Trump at the White House, Sen.

In other words, Democrats will seek to detach the border wall fight with the president from other appropriations and kick the final reckoning on border security into February.

"She already said she is not going to put one dime into a wall or some kind of barrier on the southern border", he said.