"Unwise, Weak, and Irresponsible": Seattle Congressman Slams Trump's New Border Wall Plan

Cindy Vanessa Mendez kneels over her father's body. Omar Mendez Perez died after being left behind by human smugglers after he fell ill and was unable to keep

All Democrats voted for the spending package, along with the support of seven Republicans. "He resisted", Schumer said.

Emerging from a meeting with President Donald Trump on Day 14 of a partial government shutdown Friday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, flanked by other Democratic leaders, said there was still no deal on a spending bill to end the shutdown. In fact, no construction of the border wall that he's demanded funding for has been started, much less completed.

"I haven't done it, but I may do it", he said. I may do it.

At the press conference, President Trump continued his call for border security and brought in Border Patrol agents to explain how border walls "actually work" and how in areas where physical barriers are already up, illegal immigration has dropped "exponentially". "But if we can do it through a negotiated process, we're giving that a shot".

For a president to use his emergency powers, there has to be a justified reason, typically a result of war or disaster.

Senator Jack Reed, the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized the comments, saying in a statement, "Declaring a trumped-up national emergency in order to skirt congressional approval is wrong".

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The House Democrats' measure does not contain the $5 billion Trump wants in wall funding. Building a wall - and having Mexico pay for it - was one of Trump's main promises when he ran for president in 2016.

"A dollar?" Pelosi said, laughingly.

"But we recognize on the Democratic side that we really can not resolve this until we open up government and we made that very clear to the president", she said.

Democrats, who won control of the House in the November elections, plan to approve on Thursday a two-part spending package meant to end the shutdown.

The president's invitation, which was described by congressional sources as a briefing and not a negotiating session, was sent to the top two Democrats and Republicans in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The second part of the package would fund federal agencies that are now unfunded, such as the Justice, Commerce and Transportation departments, through September 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.

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