Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Democratic group to launch ads targeting six GOP senators over shutdown

Democratic group to launch ads targeting six GOP senators over shutdown

With the partial US government shutdown dragging into its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny the president the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse. Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, insist on reopening the government before negotiating the budget for border security.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed a bill requiring back-pay for furloughed federal workers and those called in during the shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested to President Donald Trump that his State of the Union address, scheduled for later this month, be delayed because of the partial government shutdown.

In a letter to Trump Monday, Pelosi cited "security concerns" due to the partial government shutdown and asked Trump to either not deliver the address until the government had reopened or to deliver it in writing on January 29, as was done regularly until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson in 1913. The lawmakers are not part of Democratic leadership, which has been leading congressional negotiations, and are rank-and-file members mostly hailing from more moderate congressional districts.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump signed legislation into law affirming that the roughly 800,000 federal workers who have been going without pay will ultimately be compensated for their lost wages.

White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett acknowledged Tuesday that the White House underestimated the negative impact on the United States' economic growth from the ongoing government shutdown. A bipartisan group of senators are asking Trump to reopen the government for three weeks as the shutdown drags on. "We commit to working to advance legislation that can pass the Senate with substantial bipartisan support", the senators said in their own letter to the president.

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Democrats will object that the Gang of Eight bill did fund a border wall, but it was in exchange for a lot of concessions.

The Constitution calls for the president "from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union".

The Republican and frequent Trump ally also criticized Pelosi for her attempt to delay Trump's State of Union address amid their government shutdown clash. "People in the White House don't like hearing that". He said both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence "spent a lot of time" with the Democrats, calling the talks "very sensible discussions that involved listening and speaking". By that estimate, it suggests the shutdown has cost $1.2bn per week - so by the 25th day that had risen to $4.3bn, increasing by about $170m per day.

A Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday found that a majority of people both in favor of and opposed to an expanded physical barrier along the U.S. -Mexico border are not willing to concede their stance to end the 26-day government shutdown.

But hopes of side deals being cut by the White House seemed unlikely, as did the prospect of groups of senators meeting privately to forge a compromise.

"The Democrats are not going to negotiate with the government shut down", he said.

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