USA lawmakers search for remedies as government shutdown rolls on

Poll Shutdown drags Trump’s approval rating to yearlong low

Trump Unveils New Rhyme in Push for Border Wall

President Donald Trump says he's "just honored" that nearly all Senate Republicans voted for his proposal to trade funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall for temporary protections for some immigrants, even though lawmakers rejected the bill.

The White House expressed openness to the plan, but said it must include a "large down payment" for the President's border wall.

The president asked Pelosi during a meeting on January 9 if she would fund the wall if he temporarily reopened the government for three weeks.

"We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and re-open the federal government", the President announced from the White House. The temporary spending solution will allow lawmakers time to negotiate a long-term border security plan that the president will support, in addition to providing federal workers and agencies with funding.

After 35 days, the US partial government shutdown may be finally coming to an end.

Trump triggered the shutdown, which began on December 22, when he demanded the $5.7 billion in money for a wall along the U.S.

Trump has repeatedly called for $5.7 billion in border wall funding, a demand consistently rejected by Democrats including Pelosi. The Trump administration has promised that taxpayers owed refunds will be paid on time, and it reversed the policies of earlier presidents and made the money available to pay hundreds of hundreds of billions in refunds on time.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll last week found more than half of Americans blamed Trump for the shutdown even as he has sought to shift blame to Democrats after saying last month he would be "proud" to close the government for border security. Trump opposed that. Both votes fell short.

Trump said on Thursday he would accept such a measure only if it included a "prorated down payment" on the border wall.

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That means the strike has already won some recognition of the union's demand for fully staffed schools and smaller classes. Tens of thousands of members of United Teachers Los Angeles walked off the job January 14 for the first time in 30 years.

President Trump had demanded $5.7 billion of funding for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, but congressional Democrats refused to provide any funding for a wall after retaking the House of Representatives. It keeps the government funded until February 15, possibly setting up another showdown over funding for Trump's proposed border wall.

On Thursday evening, the Senate plans to vote on the three-week CR, Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD) said Thursday. In fact, the bill couldn't even get past the Senate, as it was unable to get the 60-vote majority needed to pass a filibuster.

"This is an opportunity for all parties to work together for the betterment of our whole, beautiful, wonderful nation", the President said.

Both pieces of legislation were expected to fail by Congressional leaders and White House officials alike and were widely considered to be test votes, conducted to gauge the support of each caucus for the shutdown strategy pursued by their respective leaders.

Schumer said the pain inflicted by the shutdown is "getting deeper and deeper every day", with 800,000 federal employees set to miss another paycheck on Friday.

Meanwhile, Mexico's Foreign Ministry said the administration of President Donald Trump has informed them the United States will send the first group of 20 asylum seekers back to Mexican territory later on Friday through the global border crossing in Tijuana.

The measure would have also provided three years of continued protection against deportation for 700,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.

Days later, Vice President Mike Pence and Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney offered to cut Trump's request for wall funding in half.

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