Dems' New Year's Resolution: Stark trump on the wall and reopening the government
"We want the government to be open and I hope we can open it before the 3rd of January," said Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), The upcoming governing committee chairman. "If not, we will first pass legislation to reopen the government. And the president can decide if he wants to sign it or not.
"I think the Democrats will pull out [to end the shutdown] on January 3," added MP Gerry Connolly, a Democrat from Virginia whose district includes thousands of states clerks. "It must be the first deal."
On Thursday afternoon, as the house briefly went into a pro forma session, McGovern tried to open a Senate bill to reopen the government, the House of Representatives' second attempt to do so in the last few days refused to acknowledge McGovern and repressed his efforts – but not before he shouted into the empty chamber: "Mr. Sprecher, 800,000 Federal employees do not know if they are being paid Mr. Speaker!"
As it is increasingly unlikely That the Republicans will do anything in the remainder of the 115th […] Congress to end the stalemate, House Democrats think of a procedural tactic that it would n allows you to move quickly once you are officially in the majority on the 3rd of January.
You are considering adding multiple funding options to a new congressional package you want to approve according to democratic sources that day. This would give Trump and the Senate Republicans several options to choose from.
The discussed alternatives have already been transferred to Trump by Pelosi and the minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). But an option that they are not considering, according to nearby Democratic leaders, offers the president more than the $ 1.3 billion they have already put on the table to finance fencing on the southern border.
So far, Trump has rejected the $ 1.3 billion as too little. But the Democrats believe he'll come under fire as stories spread over dreaded federal employees in January and the chaos of a stalemate affects Americans' lives.
"The American people know this is a Trump deadlock," McGovern said.
One option that Democrats are considering is a short-term funding move to open now closed agencies by 8 February. A week ago, the Senate passed a rolling resolution with this timetable. Some House Democrats believe they can do that quickly McConnell, a former appropriator who rejects decommissioning, feels pressure to act through her own chamber.
A short-term bill would also allow newly-empowered members of domestic democracy to mark the last remaining financial bills before they passed A major package in February, it said from two Democratic sources.
However, with Trump still calling on Hill Republicans to fight for his wall, McConnell is unlikely to face a funding gap in the meantime. Leaders have made it clear that they will not be without the support of the president for a finance law to reopen the government.
Connolly is also not interested in a short-term financing solution. He wants an agreement that will finance the entire government by 30 September.
"I see a growing sense among the Democrats of having a financial instrument that will carry us until the end of the year," Connolly added. A "short-term CR brings us very little."
Trump rejected a temporary resolution last week to instead bless the blessing of an attempt by the House Republicans to provide $ 5 billion for the Wall, resulting in closure.
House democrats are also considering a CR for the affected agencies that would endure the fiscal year. Such a proposal would not mean a change in policy for the agencies currently closed. They would get along with the same budget they had in 2018.
A third option that is being considered is to transfer the total cost of the funds to all concerned agencies, with the exception of the Homeland Security Department, where Trump's Wall money would flow. This department would work at its current level for the remainder of the year.
No matter which option you choose, House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) And other Democrats from Virginia and Maryland intend to add a provision to each Financing Act that guarantees the payment of Federal employees affected by the closure.