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Newly empowered House Dems pass funding plan without wall

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was sworn in Thursday

I said let's go out and see the press you can tell them the importance of the wall.

Vice President Pence said he, White House adviser Jared Kushner and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen would meet with congressional staffers over the weekend. Both the chairs of the House Intelligence Committee and the Finance Committee have confirmed on Thursday night that they will begin investigations into the Donald Trump world "immediately".

President Donald Trump listens to Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, speak about border security in the briefing room at the White House in Washington, on January 3, 2019.

In one measure of her effectiveness, eight of 16 Democrats who signed a November letter saying they were "committed to voting for new leadership" backed Pelosi Thursday, including Ryan and Moulton.

The president threatened that he could use emergency powers to bypass Congress to build the wall.

"I want everyone to take the time to understand what is going on, we are all affected by the shutdown, we all have skin in the game", Del Cueto said.

Now over 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay due to the shutdown.

Numerous federal workers impacted will miss their first paycheck beginning next week.

Several Cabinet members and the vice president are scheduled to receive pay raises of up to $10,000 annually under previous legislation.

When asked by the The New York Times whether she considered herself equal to Trump, she replied: "The Constitution does".

The White House had issued a veto threat against the legislative package ahead of the House vote.

She closed her remarks by remembering the late President George H.W. Bush and his work with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and she noted that Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, the first quadriplegic elected to Congress, will be the first Democrat to preside in the new Congress.

"What we're asking the Republicans in the Senate to do is to take yes for an answer", new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at the news conference.

The two-part Democratic package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8, providing $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras.

Indeed, the impasse is more than about whether to fund a wall or fencing - or even steel slats, as Trump has recently referred to the border structure he's seeking.

The six-bill package passed the House 241-190 today, and the short-term Homeland Security spending bill passed 239-192.

This detailed plan was influenced by the "first 100 days" of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency - a term he coined - in which he pushed 15 major laws through Congress. Setting this timetable allowed Democrats to say, "We're going to have significant change, and we're going to do it even faster", according to Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

Tlaib had earlier penned an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press alongside John Bonifaz, a constitutional lawyer and founder of the "Impeach Donald Trump Now" campaign in which the pair issued the same demand.

Mr Trump's Republicans had passed an initial funding bill including $5bn (£4bn) for the wall, when they still had a majority in the House, but they could not get the necessary 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate.

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