>> Democratic congressional aides say house dems have a plan to end the 10 day partial government shut down without giving President Donald Trump money for a border wall. The plan involves a bill that would keep funding for homeland security at current levels with 1.3 billion dollars for border security And measures to fund other shuttered agencies through the end of September, but the bill does not, however, provide $5 billion for Trump's border wall, which Democrats oppose.
Democrats take control of the House on Thursday and are planning a vote for the plan on the same day. If approved, the package would go to the Republican-led Senate, where its prospects appear uncertain. The border security funding part of the plan was based on an earlier measure that had already passed the Senate with bipartisan support.
Democratic House Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, it would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to reject it. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of federal workers remain in limbo, expecting to begin the new year either furloughed or working without pay. Parts of nine cabinet level departments are closed.
Websites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for example, are down.>> Only way you're gonna do it is to have a physicla barrier, meaning a wall.>> And with Trump vowing not to sign any bill that does not include his $5 billion, those departments could remain closed well into the new year.