House Votes to Fund Government, Not Border Wall

House Votes to Fund Government, Not Border Wall

January 3, 2019, 10:01 PM

House Votes to Fund Government, Not Border Wall

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) administers the oath of office to House members and delegates of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 3, 2019.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) administers the oath of office to House members and delegates of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 3, 2019.

WASHINGTON —

On their first day in the majority, House Democrats on Thursday night passed a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump's promised border wall.
The largely party-line votes came after Trump made a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room pledging to keep up the fight for his signature campaign promise.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump and Senate Republicans should “take yes for an answer” and pass a bill, without funds for the wall, that the Senate approved on a voice vote last month. There is no indication the Senate will take up the bill.

“We're not doing a wall. Does anyone have any doubt that we're not doing a wall?” Pelosi told reporters at a news conference Thursday night.

Pelosi, who was elected speaker earlier Thursday, also took a shot a Trump, calling his proposal “a wall between reality and his constituents.”

President Donald Trump, left, listens as Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, talks about border security, Jan. 3, 2019, after making a surprise visit to the press briefing room of the White House.
President Donald Trump, left, listens as Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, talks about border security, Jan. 3, 2019, after making a surprise visit to the press briefing room of the White House.

Trump strode into the White House briefing room Thursday, the 13th day of the partial government shutdown, and declared that “without a wall you cannot have border security.” He then left without taking questions from reporters.

The appearance came hours after the new Congress convened, with Democrats taking majority control of the House and returning Pelosi to the speakership after eight years of GOP control. Democrats expected to quickly pass legislation to re-open the government without funding the wall, but it is going nowhere in the Senate, where Republicans want Trump's endorsement before voting on a funding package.

Trump is demanding billions of dollars to build his wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, which the Democrats have refused.

Polls show a majority of Americans oppose the border wall, although Republicans strongly support it.

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