Democrats refuse to fund Trump’s ‘immoral’ wall

The House and Senate on Thursday both adjourned until next week after pro forma sessions that lasted less than three minutes

Current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi-who is expected to become House speaker in the new Congress-said in a statement: "We will vote swiftly to reopen government and show that Democrats will govern responsibly in stark contrast to this chaotic White House".

In a befuddling series of tweets Friday, President Trump appeared to threaten both the Democrats and USA trade relations with Mexico when he suggested he would close the southern border.

Rep. Gerry Connolly on Friday warned President Trump that following through on a threat to close the southern border would be a disaster - both economically and politically. The closures began last Saturday after Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a funding package that would keep the government open and fund Trump's promised border wall.

Democratic Party leaders have vowed to end the partial government shutdown when they assume their House majority on January 3, following the failure of post-Christmas negotiations.

After weeks of failed talks between Trump and congressional leaders, parts of the US government shut down on Saturday, affecting about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce and other agencies.

Mulvaney said the President is "very heavily engaged on this on a minute-by-minute basis".

Democrats along with a number of Republicans have said that they cannot support the border wall in part because a wall is an ineffective and inefficient way to secure the border.

The shutdown is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers and beginning to pinch citizens who count on some public services. One member of the House Republican leadership told Fox News on Thursday that a resolution may not emerge until the new year.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to seal the United States-Mexico border "entirely" if Congress does not approve billions of dollars in funding for a wall.

However passing any legislation will be hard without a compromise, since the Republican-controlled Senate and Mr Trump's signature will be needed to turn any bill into law.

Earlier Thursday, when the House gaveled in for a few minutes, Rep. Jim McGovern loudly asked for unanimous consent to bring up the Senate-passed legislation to avoid a partial shutdown, the same legislation Trump has refused to support.

As a result, he said, "we will be cutting off all aid" to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

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