Nancy Pelosi is arrogant. She just threw out an insult disguised as an offer to Trump to end the governemnt shutdown.
It is an insult to be sure – a total joke of an offer Trump will never agree to but Mitch McConnell, being usually spineless, will probably take her up on her offer and make a deal.
Kellyanne Conway for one is not having it and hit back in a blistering interview on Fox News. From The New York Post:
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway mocked Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi for reportedly vacationing at a luxurious Hawaiian resort during a partial government shutdown caused by a stalemate over President Trump’s demand for a border wall.
“Nancy Pelosi needs to come back from Hawaii. Less hula, more moola for the [the Department of Homeland Security] and Customs and Border Patrol, funding our border security,” Conway told “Fox News Sunday.”
“They need to come to the table and do their job,” Conway added. “A fully functioning democracy demands that both parties come together and that the Congress and the executive branch work together.”
From The AP: House Democrats are unveiling legislation to reopen the government without money for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
The House is preparing to vote on the package Thursday when the new Congress convenes. This is according to an aide who was not authorized to discuss the plan publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
It will include one bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Feb. 8, with $1.3 billion for border security.
The package will also include six other bipartisan bills to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. Some have already passed the Senate. Those bills will provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to Sept. 30.
President Donald Trump is insisting he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite differing public assertions by three of his advisers.
Trump tweeted Monday: “An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media.” He adds: “Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides).”
Outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Sunday that Trump abandoned the notion of “a solid concrete wall early on in the administration.” Kelly said, “To be honest, it’s not a wall.”
From The Hill: The funding package will include two separate bills: one extending current funding levels for the Department of Homeland Security until Feb. 8, and the other including the six remaining bills with full funding through the end of the fiscal year.
Border security funding would remain at $1.3 billion, much lower than the $5 billion called for by the White House, under the continuing resolution (CR), following bipartisan Senate legislation, The Washington Post first reported on Monday.
“It makes sure we can get everybody paid on time,” the aide said.
Separating the bills will put pressure on President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to at least pass the six-bill package and would reopen most of the government.
It also extends the wall fight for a month, which could allow Trump a face-saving off-ramp to tell his base that he has not abandoned the struggle for the project.