US House passes bills that would end gov't shutdown

But the Democratic bill doesn't contain the border wall money the president is looking for, so the president said it's a non-starter.

Hector Garza, vice president-at-large of the National Border Patrol Council and an agent at the Texas border, added that "murderers and rapists" are coming in this country "on a daily basis" and that a wall "will be able to stop that". However, the Republican side in the House is still made up mostly of white men, and in the Senate Republicans bolstered their ranks in the majority. They just need the Senate to act and the president to sign it ― two things that remain unlikely. But such cooperation across the political aisle appeared unlikely as Trump continued to dig in over his demand that Congress approve a $5 billion plan to construct a border wall aimed at thwarting illegal immigration - with Democrats unlikely to appease him.

Pelosi was elected speaker 220-192, with 15 Democrats rejecting her.

In a nod to the historic nature of her election, Pelosi said she felt "particularly proud" to serve as "the woman speaker of the House of this Congress which marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote".

"We're not doing a wall", Pelosi told reporters shortly before the votes largely along party lines. "It's an old way of thinking, it isn't cost effective".

The House strategy could allow Senate Republicans to pass legislation that would reopen most of the government while setting aside the debate over the border wall.

It may be a new day and a new Congress, but hope is already a scarce commodity. "And that is why on January 3rd, when the new Democratic House majority arrives, we will bring the hope, vision and goals of effective governance back to the forefront". In the Senate, 53 Republicans hold the majority over 45 Democrats and two independents aligning with Democrats.

Tlaib was sworn in using Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Quran, an English translation by George Sale that was also used when former congressman Keith Ellison (the first Muslim-American congressman) was sworn in.

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It was a quiet afternoon at the White House toward the end of a four-day week.

Democrats gained 40 seats in November's elections, vaulting them to House control with their biggest electoral gains in four decades after eight years in the minority.

Many new lawmakers were initially opposed to Ms Pelosi's second term as House Speaker, and Ms Ocasio-Cortez said she was booed by some Republicans after voting for Ms Pelosi. The congresswoman and John Bonifaz, a founder of the Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign, published an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press on Thursday, calling the president a "direct and serious threat to our country".

How has the shutdown come about?

The 2019-2020 Congress convened with roughly a quarter of the federal government closed, affecting 800,000 employees, in a shutdown triggered by Trump's demand last month for the money for a U.S.

Democrats are voting on their bills Thursday that would fund government agencies and bring hundreds of thousands of federal workers back to work.

Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker's post Thursday as the 116th Congress ushered in a historically diverse freshman class eager to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government.

Republican leaders immediately blasted the vote as a pointless political gimmick that would do little to provide the resources necessary to secure the border, and said Democrats were not negotiating in good faith.

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