$5 Billion for the Border Wall and Standing Firm

J. Scott Applewhite  AP

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking to move the day of the State of the Union address or deliver it in writing, citing security concerns from the ongoing government shutdown.

The longest such shutdown in USA history dragged into its 25th day with neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders showing signs of bending on the topic that triggered it - funding for a wall Trump promised to build along the border with Mexico.

It's the latest in a series of attempts to reopen the government, but Trump and his GOP allies refuse to go along without funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Polls this month show more Americans blaming Trump than Democrats for the shutdown, a comfort to Democrats and a concern for a growing number of Senate Republicans including some seeking re-election in 2020 from swing states like Colorado and Maine.

The White House said the bill 'requires the compensation of government employees for wages lost, work performed, or leave used during a lapse in appropriations that begins on or after December 22, 2018, and entitles excepted employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations, ' according to CNN.

On Tuesday, the White House had invited rank-and-file lawmakers to lunch with Trump at the White House as part of a strategy to build support from centrist Democrats and newly elected freshmen, including those from areas where the president is popular with voters.

The White House has released revised estimates showing that the damage to the USA economy from the current government shutdown will be twice as great as they initially projected.

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If Trump opted for the latter, this would be by far the best thing to come out of the shutdown. Trump also needs the support of at least some Democrats in the Senate to pass funding legislation.

In her request to Trump, Pelosi recommended that Trump deliver written remarks to Congress as Jefferson once did.

While the shutdown hit about one-quarter of federal operations, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday found that almost four in 10 U.S. adults said they were either affected by the impasse or know someone who is.

Mexico-US border wall between Tijuana and San Diego, decorated with crosses.

She reiterated how she wanted the presidential State of the Union address scheduled for January 29 postponed until the shutdown ends. "They will not get paid for this unpaid vacation, and I'm not sure how they'll recover if this shutdown continues much longer".

In their response to the president's address to the nation, Schumer and Pelosi accused Trump of "manufacturing a crisis". We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. "It would be completely inappropriate for President Trump to further deplete the agency's resources and manpower for the sole goal of having an hour of uninterrupted prime time television coverage", he said. Pelosi was scheduled to take US military transportation, which Mr. Trump has the ability to halt, a senior White House official told CBS News.

"The President and his team had a constructive meeting with bipartisan members of the problem solvers caucus".

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