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It is an "affront" to President Donald Trump and his office for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ask him to postpone the State of the Union address until after the government shutdown ends, Sen.

Democratic leaders did not ask the Secret Service if the agency would be able to secure the State of the Union event before sending the letter, according to a senior Homeland Security official, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., requires that all government employees be compensated for "wages lost, work performed, or leave used" during the shutdown, the Whitehouse announced in a news release.

A portion of a letter sent to President Donald Trump from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Washington. Mr. Trump did not specifically respond to Pelosi's State of the Union address request in his letter - but the point was clear.

A leaked draft of the letter does not directly mention the more than $5 billion Trump has adamantly demanded a border wall but notes the administration's request for "addressing the humanitarian and security challenges at our nation's southern border".

A top House Republican, Louisiana's Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES'), tweets that Democrats are interested only in obstruction.

During an interview on the Fox Business Network, Hassett, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, noted that White House economists had originally miscalculated the rate of damage in part because they failed to account for government contractors.

Both chambers are now planning to stay in session over the planned Martin Luther King Day recess next week, given the bad optics of skipping town amid the shutdown.

The department says federal employees who aren't working during the partial government shutdown are eligible to claim unemployment aid.

Pompeo on diplomatic tightrope in Saudi talks over Khashoggi murder
Pompeo, however, cancelled a scheduled visit to Kuwait in order to attend a family funeral at home, USA officials said. He added that "President Trump and I both believe the ongoing dispute in the region has gone on too long".

Democratic Reps. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Thomas Suozzi of New York, Vincente Gonzalez of Texas, Anthony Brindisi of New York, Dean Phillips of Minnesota, Max Rose of New York and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia attended the midday White House meeting in the Situation Room.

A group of rank and file members of the Democratic party turned down an invitation from the White House to negotiate a path to reopening the government on Tuesday.

Democrats say they will discuss border security once the government has reopened, but Pelosi is refusing money for the wall they view as ineffective and immoral. Informed by a reporter that they too could walk into the Senate chamber, they instead chose to go back to the House side but not before getting mixed up and accidentally walking the wrong way first.

But hopes of side deals being cut by the White House seemed unlikely, as did the prospect of groups of senators meeting privately to forge a compromise.

Wednesday's bill signing was closed to the media.

On Monday, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey introduced the funding bill, along with a separate stopgap measure that would provide funding to the government through February 28, which is expected to come to the floor on Thursday, as per the report. "I think Republicans are getting the lion's share of the pressure".

Said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., "The shutdown will eventually take us to a place where the average American is angry at and sick of all of us".


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