Pelosi elected speaker, will lead Dems confronting Trump

by Garry Watts January 4, 2019, 19:20
Pelosi elected speaker, will lead Dems confronting Trump

The new House speaker, veteran Democrat Nancy Pelosi, stood firm shortly before the vote saying no funding for a border wall would be made available. The process commences with a Democrat and Republican representative nominating a speaker, representing their party's picks for the job.Other names can then also be placed in nomination from the floor and are not limited to sitting lawmakers.

"A wall is an immorality between countries".

"We must be champions of the middle class and all those who aspire to it - because the middle class is the backbone of our democracy", she said. "Does anyone have any doubt that we're not doing a wall?"

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said Wednesday there is no breakthrough on border wall funding that might reopen the government following a White House meeting with President Donald Trump.

The two-part Democratic package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Feb 8, providing $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras. The bill, which would provide money through the end of the fiscal year September 30, was approved, 241-190, with several House Republicans joining Democrats.

The Homeland bill is where debate over border funds occur, and Democrats argue a stopgap extending fiscal 2018 funding would bide them time to continue negotiations while keeping the government open.

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said Congress should pass bipartisan bills to fund government "while we continue to fight for more border security money". The vote was 241-190. Republicans have seized on the case to call for tougher border security.

President Donald Trump is lashing out at fresh talk of impeachment as House Democrats assert their new power in Congress.

Since 1913, when the House first reached its current size of 435 seats, only five speakers have been elected with fewer than 218 votes.At the beginning of the 34th Congress in 1855, 133 ballots over a period of two months were necessary to elect Nathaniel Banks of MA as speaker.The last multiple-ballot speaker election was in 1923.

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As speaker, Pelosi will face an early challenge from the party's robust wing of liberal newcomers, including 29-year-old New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has risen to such prominence she is already known around the Capitol - and on her prolific social media accounts - by the nickname "AOC".

"I didn't reject it out of hand".

"We're trying to open up government", Pelosi said on Thursday.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said that there's no need to prolong the shutdown and that he was disappointed the talks did not produce a resolution.

They will have that opportunity, as congressional panels will be led by chairmen who have pledged to probe topics such as Trump's income taxes, his firing of attorney general Jeff Sessions, and the president's ties to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Trump has insisted on funding for the barrier, a core campaign promise that excited supporters at political rallies when he promised Mexico would pay for it. Democrats have flatly opposed the funding, calling a wall inhumane and ineffective. "I guess a lot of signs point to them not winning the election", he added.

Republicans face their own internal battles beyond just the conservative House Freedom Caucus, but as they decide how closely to tie their political fortunes to Trump. In fact, they're a sampling of what's already in place along the U.S. -Mexico border.

While there have been a lot of discussions taking place about ideas for reopening the government, Democratic principals have not shown a willingness to negotiate, providing the "foundation for a very long shutdown", the North Carolina Republican said.

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