Thu Jan 17, 2019 AT 11:11 AM EST

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to raise the political stakes on the partial government shutdown Wednesday by telling President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address, arguing that it’s too dangerous to give a speech to a joint session of Congress with the Secret Service working without pay.

Government officials rebutted her claims, saying they are “fully prepared” for the speech as planned Jan. 29 — but the mere fact that Pelosi called for postponing an event two weeks away was a signal that the shutdown may drag on at least that long.

Attempts were made Wednesday to resolve the impasse. Trump met with the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus and another bipartisan group on Capitol Hill. One idea proposed was a weeks-long timeout to reopen the government and try to find a deal on border wall funding.

But key Republicans doubted the timeout idea would gain traction, and there was little sign of substantive progress elsewhere. Read Full Story at The Washington Times

Tue Jan 15, 2019 AT 1:21 PM EST

No Democrats will attend a lunch on Tuesday with President Donald Trump designed to reach an agreement to end the government shutdown and fund a border wall, the White House said.

Trump had invited several moderate House Democrats to the White House in an effort to undermine Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has refused to grant Trump his demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding. But the group turned down the invitation.

“Today, the president offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. Read Full Story at The Hill

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 AT 11:29 AM EST

President Donald Trump on Thursday gave his strongest indication yet that he may declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump said it would be “surprising to me” if he did not make an emergency declaration if talks with Democrats fail.

“If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say definitely,” Trump said.

Trump asserted that he has “the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” even though some legal scholars and Democrats say he lacks the power to do so.

But the president said his preference is still to work out a deal with Congress for wall funding. Read More at The Hill

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