Pelosi Stands Her Ground

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said that the president’s State of the Union address will not happen this Tuesday as planned.

Despite the president’s agreement to sign a temporary stopgap measure reopening the government for three weeks, Pelosi insists that the SOTU will still not take place.

The president had planned to give the address this Tuesday, but Pelosi has said that nothing will happen until the shutdown is officially and completely over.

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Government Temporarily Reopens

President Trump announced his endorsement of a spending bill to temporarily reopen the government this afternoon.

He made the announcement after the Senate failed to pass a spending bill to end the shutdown yesterday.

The agreement does not, however, resolve the issue of border wall funding, meaning it will only reopen the government for three weeks if a permanent solution can not be reached.

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McConnell Keeps the Shutdown Going

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has once again blocked a vote to end the government shutdown, citing the lack of border wall funding and presidential approval.

For the second time, McConnell shot down a House-approved bill to reopen the federal government in the Senate; he had previously vowed not to approve any resolution that didn’t have the president’s explicit approval.

This comes as Trump attempted to stage a mini coup by inviting Democratic lawmakers to the White House without House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi to negotiate the wall over a “working lunch.” None attended.

Changing the Story

As the ongoing shutdown edges closer and closer to becoming the longest in U.S. history, the president has walked back his claim that Mexico would pay for the wall.

As he prepared to leave for a trip to the southern border, Trump told reporters that he “never meant they’re [Mexico] gonna write out a check,” and repeated his claim that new trade deals will “indirectly” force Mexico to foot the bill.

However, those trade deals have not been approved by Congress and show little indication of providing any substantial payment from Mexico — indirect or otherwise — for a border wall.

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Trump’s Shutdown Address

The president addressed the nation last night on the 18th day of the government shutdown and continued to place the blame on Democrats.

UPDATED 1/11/2019 04:23 PM PST: Rather than declaring a national emergency to raid defense funds, the president actually plans on dipping into funds set aside for disaster relief in California, Puerto Rico, and Texas to pay for his wall.

Trump spoke as 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or forced to work without pay for more than two weeks, including important security officials like TSA agents, the Coast Guard, and federal fire fighters.

The current shutdown is now second only to the 21-day closure that occurred under the Clinton administration beginning December 1995.

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Trump Requests a Meeting Amidst Shutdown Crisis

As the government shutdown enters its second week and the chaos ramps up, the president has requested a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers.

TSA agents are working the holiday travel rush without pay and visitors at national parks are being forced to defecate in the roads as the shutdown over border wall funding continues.

In the first display of cooperation in weeks, the president is calling for a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers to discuss a solution.

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Democrats Attempt to End Shutdown

House Democrats are working to bring legislation to the floor that would extend current budgetary spending for border security through February 8.

The proposed legislation would consist of two bills, one extending the funding of the Department of Homeland Security and the other would encompass all six expired spending bills to provide full funding through the end of the fiscal year.

If passed, border security funding would stay at the current $1.3 billion as opposed to the $5 billion demanded by the president.

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The Shutdown Continues

Federal workers are beginning to feel the weight of an extend shutdown, and there doesn’t appear to be any relief in sight.

The worst part? There is reportedly zero discussion currently taking place on the issue, meaning no progress is being made.

With the president visiting troops in Iraq and the House set to switch to Democratic control January 3, fears are mounting that the shutdown could continue into next month.

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Monday Digest

Members of the Iron Triangle Press team are busy celebrating the holidays, so we’ve compiled today’s headlines into one quick Monday Digest — regular content will resume Wednesday.

It’s the holiday season and families around the world are gathered together to celebrate a world’s worth of traditions, but that doesn’t mean the news cycle is taking a break.

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House Buckles to Trump’s Demands

After a tumultuous day of many back-and-forth decisions, the House passed a funding bill with $5 billion allocated for the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The vote was 217 to 185; funding for multiple government agencies will expire at midnight tonight.

The bill will now return to the Senate where it is widely expected to fail due to extreme opposition to such immense funding.

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