WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRE/WYOU) – The 116th Congress will be sworn in on Thursday. 2019 promises to be another tumultuous year as lawmakers look to end a federal government shutdown.
The new Congress is the most diverse ever with the most females members in American History.
The first item of business for the new year is last year’s government shutdown, which is now in its 13th day. The president continues to push for a border wall and blames the Democrats for the shutdown.
“The 5.6 billion the house approved is such a small amount compared to the level problem,” President Trump said.
At a White House meeting on Wednesday, President Trump insisted the partial government shutdown won’t end without money for his wall. Democratic leaders said no deal.
“Today we gave them an opportunity to get out of that and open up the government as we debate order security,” Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York (D) said.
The Democrats will take control of the house on Thursday and their first vote will be for House Speaker. Nancy Pelosi expects to win and promises the U.S. House will pass a bill to reopen the government, but the House bill will need the Republican-led Senate’s approval and the President’s signature.
President Trump doesn’t seem ready to compromise on the wall and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate won’t vote on anything without the President’s support.