>> We're asking the President to open up government.>> In their first action in control of the US House of Representatives democrats will take up a bill Thursday to end federal shutdown. The funding measure will not include 5.6 billion in tax payer dollars to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
>> On the table. The move by Democrats effectively dares Republicans to vote, as they have in the past, to keep the government operating. Or side with a President who seems to be refusing to budge without a wall.>> Our question to the President and to the Republicans is, why don't you accept what you have already done To open up government.
>> How long are you willing to keep the government shut down?>> As long as it takes. I mean, look,>> The President on Wednesday adamant he would sign no bill that did not meet his demand. The Democrats funding bill closely resembles one that passed with overwhelming Bipartisan support in the Senate which Democratic leaders say will put the onus on Republicans to accept it or clearly own the shutdown.
>> They are now feeling the heat. It is not helping the president, it is not helping the Republicans to be the owners of this shut down.>> But Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday his chamber would not vote on the legislation calling it quote, a total non starter.
The shut down is affecting nearly a quarter of the federal government and 800,000 federal employees. Many of whom are furloughed or working without pay. The new house majority will likely pass the Democrats funding bill shortly after lawmakers elect Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the house. She takes up what is thought to be Washington's second most powerful position for the second time in her career.
Congressional leaders said they would return on Friday to resume talks with Trump. A sign that the government is likely to remain closed for the rest of the week.