Pelosi says Democrats will give 'nothing for the wall'

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"We shouldn't hinder ourselves from the start", she added.

"We must be champions of the middle class and all those who aspire to it - because the middle class is the backbone of democracy, " she says.

Before the shutdown began on December 22, Trump said during a testy meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Democratic senator for NY, that he would take responsibility for any federal government stoppage. "Next, we fight to lower healthcare costs and enact a progressive agenda".

Among the first tasks of the 116th Congress will be ending a almost two-week government shutdown that has left one quarter of federal agencies shuttered due to lapsed funding.

The bill is not expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, but will set the Democratic priorities for this year's Congress. House Democrats are reportedly exploring alternative methods of obtaining Trump's tax returns: the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, may have legal power to request the president's tax returns. Mr. Trump is unwilling to sign any bill which does not include sufficient funding for a border wall.

On Thursday, Pelosi will introduce two bills to fund the shuttered agencies, but she noted that they "contain no new wall funding".

"All three of these things are needed".

Now, under McGovern's rule, it would take a majority of House Democrats to support a resolution to even force a vote to vacate the speaker.

Pelosi is one of the few congressional leaders who seem to understand Trump, both being children from famous families now primed for deal-making.

She will preside over the most diverse Congress in history. She is the only woman to ever be House speaker, and if elected again would be the first person in more than 60 years to reclaim the job after her party lost and later regained its House majority.

Democrats will move early to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, a popular feature of the Affordable Care Act that a judge in Texas recently struck down. But when she did, she was very candid.

After Democrats won the House in 2018, Pelosi became poised to challenge President Donald Trump and Republicans on a number of high-profile issues like immigration and the Russian Federation investigation. "It's not something that I'm stirring the pot on".

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