Pelosi Takes Speaker's Gavel, Announces Vote on Legislation to End Partial Gov't Shutdown
McConnell called bills 'total nonstarter.'
Rep. Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor Thursday after being elected as House Speaker, calling for greater bipartisan cooperation in Congress.
"And in that spirit, Democrats will be offering the Senate Republican Appropriations [Committee] legislation to reopen the government later today," Pelosi said.
The government has been partially shut down for 13 days over Democrats and Republicans being unable to compromise on funding for President Trump's long-promised border wall.
The pair of bills Pelosi spoke of would fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Feb. 8, with $1.3 billion allocated for border security. Other departments would be funded for the remainder of the fiscal year until the end of September.
The bills, even if approved in the House, will only lead to a bitter confrontation with the Republican-controlled Senate and the White House, both of which are unlikely to budge over the promise to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and vote for a bill that doesn’t allocate the $5 billion for the border wall.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that the Senate won’t even consider the bills Democrats are planning to vote on, calling the bills a "political sideshow" and a "total nonstarter" since President Trump would not sign them.
"The Senate will not waste its time considering a Democratic bill which cannot pass this chamber and which the president will not sign," McConnell said on the Senate floor.