After several meetings on the border wall, there was no progress made between Democrats and Republicans to end the government shutdown, with each accusing the other of giving no ground. While talks stalled, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said House Democrats intend to start passing individual bills to reopen agencies. More discussions are planned for Sunday while President Trump is expected to be in Camp David for retreat with White House staff on border security and other key issues that President faces.
Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, said that the Democrats are only trying to “stall” the process while Democrats claim that the White House is only giving “untenable” solutions. President Trump wants $5.6 billion to build a wall along the US – Mexico border. The administration was clear about the need for a wall and their goal of resolving the shutdown all at once, not piecemeal.
The Democrats are passing small bills to keep some parts of government open until 30 September while others, such as Homeland Security, will stay open until February. The President has suggested that his definition of a wall is flexible and that he will talk details.The issues of tax returns and government assistance will be the key talking points for both the Democrats and Republicans in the coming weeks as the shutdown starts to hit the US population. Of course, this will turn into a heated debate.
We hope the the President and the Democrat leadership can come to some sort of agreement on border security.