Senate passes bill guaranteeing back pay for workers after shutdown ends

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats plan to move forward with bills to fund the government- but not Presid

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats plan to move forward with bills to fund the government- but not Presid

The Senate approved a bill by voice vote to provide back pay to federal workers now on furlough or working without pay when the government shutdown ends.

His comments come as an impasse continues with Democrats on border security funding, including the proposed wall, amid a partial government shutdown. McConnell has said that he will not put any bills that won't get Mr. Trump's signature on the Senate floor.

President Donald Trump is winning the battle against Democrats over his border wall demand that has caused a budget standoff and closed down the federal government since before Christmas, MSNBC's Donny Deutsch said.

The House passed a few government spending bills this week that garnered some Republican support, but the bills are likely dead on arrival in the Senate. "The Democrats are apparently not going to negotiate until the government is open, and if you even open the government, the House isn't going to negotiate about funding for the wall". South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican and close White House ally, said Thursday he doesn't see a way to resolve the shutdown dispute that has paralyzed much of the federal government.

"I have never been more depressed about moving forward than right now".

Trump said his lawyers had told him he had the power to invoke national emergency powers to get his wall funded.

After the meeting on Wednesday, Schumer said that Trump threw a "temper tantrum", going so far as to slam his hand on a table.

The Washington Post suggested the White House was laying the groundwork for declaring an emergency that would let Trump build sections of a wall, possibly using funds from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Trump told reporters "I have the option" to do so, saying of talks with Democrats: "If this doesn't work out, I'll probably will do it - maybe definitely".

"If today, the national emergency is border security. tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change", Rubio said.

But Lieu said "21st century technology, human resources, other assets to better secure our border - I think that's where we're having the conflict".

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, U.S. presidents have declared 58 national emergencies since 1979.

Update: Sen. Graham called on President Trump to declare a national emergency to fund the wall Thursday evening.

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