President Trump and top congressional Democrats on Friday failed to reach a deal on a spending plan that would end the two-week-old government shutdown — but agreed to keep talking, even though the president warned that the shutdown could continue for years.
”We just completed a lengthy and sometimes contentious conversation with the president. We agreed that we will continue our conversations. But we recognize on the Democratic side that we really cannot resolve this until we open up government,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said from the Rose Garden.
“We made that very clear to the president. Services are being withheld from the American people and paychecks are being held with help from people who served the needs of the American people and our border security will suffer if we do not resolve this issue,” she continued, stressing Democrats’ support for increased border security — but not for Trump’s long-promised wall.
“We told the president we needed the government open. He resisted. In fact, he said he would keep it closed for a very long period of time, months or even years,” Schumer said.
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