House votes to end shutdown despite White House veto threat

Evan Vucci  APPresident Donald Trump speaks in the press briefing room at the White House Jan. 3 2019 in Washington

US Democrats swept back to power Thursday in the House of Representatives with veteran Nancy Pelosi at the helm, but they came face to face with what may be a new divided government normal in Washington: legislative gridlock.

Pelosi, a Democrat, sent the letter to the Republican president hours after being elected speaker of the House as the US government was in the 13th day of a partial shutdown over Trump's demand for $5 billion for a border wall.

Trump has said the partial shutdown, which began December 22, will last "as long as it takes" to get the funding he wants.

"These and other excessive spending items makes the lack of adequate border funding in the combined package all the more unacceptable", the White House budget office said in a Statement of Administration Policy.

Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress.

The two-part Democratic package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8, providing $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras.

The president strode into the White House briefing room on Thursday and declared that "without a wall you can not have border security".

Eight of the 11 freshman Democrats who voted against Pelosi are male and all of them are white.

A veto threat issued by the White House against the House bills read: "The Administration is committed to working with the Congress to reopen lapsed agencies, but can not accept legislation that provides unnecessary funding for wasteful programs while ignoring the Nation's urgent border security needs". That cleared the way for a vote expected later in the evening on passage.

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He offered his warm congratulations to newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, praising what he called her "tremendous, tremendous achievement".

Trump, who insists on 5.6 billion dollars in funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border, made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room to comment on the topic.

"Hopefully we're going to work together and we're going to get lots of things done, like infrastructure and so much more".

"Anywhere that you look where we have built walls, they have worked", he said. Senate Republicans are reluctant to consider the House bills unless they know the president is on board.

- New Year Serota (@maggieserota) January 3, 2019Trump keeps pickin' guys with no hair to challenge his hay stack. "We asked the president to support the bills that we support that will open up government", Schumer said. They also said years of Republican advertising painting Pelosi as an out-of-touch radical had hurt Democrats' chances to win in moderate districts.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) introduced articles of impeachment on the first day of the 2019 Congress, starting with a resolution demanding President Donald Trump be impeached for "threatening, and then terminating" then-FBI Director James Comey in 2017.

Democrats won the majority of the House in the November mid-term elections, and the new representatives were sworn in on Thursday. "I thought it was highly disrespectful to the United States of America". It has to do with a wall is an immorality between countries.

The new Congress Pelosi's now presiding over seats a record number of female lawmakers and is the most racially and ethnically diverse, including a new generation of Muslims, Latinos, Native Americans and African-Americans.

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