Democrats Rebuke Trump's Proposal To End The Government Shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to vote on President Trump's proposal, despite Democratic pushback.
Posted at 11:45 AM, Jan 20, 2019

Lawmaker response to President Trump's proposal to end the government shutdown has been split by party lines. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement ahead of the president's address that said "his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives." She also said it's unlikely that any of his suggestions would pass the House, calling his offer a "non-starter."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumer offered a similar rebuke. He said the offer included "one-sided and ineffective remedies." Schumer then repeated his previous calls for President Trump to open up the government, and *then negotiate to strike a deal on border security. 

The president's offer still called for $5.7 billion to build a wall, the key sticking point in the budget negotiations. But his statement appeared to stress that he's only asking to build about 230 miles of wall.

"This is not a 2,000-mile concrete structure from sea to sea. These are steel barriers in high-priority locations. Much of the border is already protected by natural barriers such as mountains and water," the president said. 

Some key Republican lawmakers spoke out in support of the proposal, including Sen. Mitt Romney, who's been a critic of the president. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans to bring President Trump's proposal up for a vote this week. But that decision might be fraught.

McConnell has been critical of the House for passing a number of appropriations bills that don't have the president's support. He's called them "show votes." But with Pelosi calling President Trump's offer a "non-starter," McConnell's plan to vote on it might be his own version of a "show vote." 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN