Pelosi: 'I Am Comfortable' With Proposal For Dem Leadership Term Limits

16 December, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Donald Trump US House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer argue as US Vice President Mike Pence looks on. White House 11 December 2018

Democratic leaders and the President appear to be far apart on the issue even though warning signs of the spending showdown have been flashing for so long.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to the press after a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

The California Democrat on Wednesday, December 12, agreed to limit her time as Speaker to four years at most, in return, a critical number of lawmakers who vowed to oppose Pelosi, have said they will support her in a crucial January 3, 2019, House floor vote, reports Politico.

In her opening comments in the Oval Office, Pelosi said failed budget talks would result in a "Trump shutdown" of government - a phrase that might have inflamed him.

"If we don't get what we want ..."

Constantly interrupting, Trump squabbled with the Democrats over whether wall funding could be approved in the House or Senate without Democratic votes.

On November 28, Democrats voted overwhelmingly to nominate Pelosi as the next House Speaker in the secret-ballot vote 203-32, with three lawmakers leaving the ballot blank. Mr Trump and Schumer jabbed at each other over the import of the midterm elections - and who will be blamed if a shutdown occurs.

Said Trump with a smile: "And then we have the easy one, the wall. They know how important it is!" he tweeted.

Because both the House and the Senate are controlled by Mr Trump's Republican Party until next month, Democratic support is needed to pass any spending legislation. "Our country can not afford a Trump Shutdown, especially at this time of economic uncertainty".

Mr Schumer tried to tell the president they had a proposal that "Democrats and Republicans will support that will not shut down the government", but Mr Trump refused to listen. He later called the meeting a "good discussion". He said he would shut down the government if "we don't get what we want".

"I'd like to see a smooth ending here", McConnell said at the Capitol.

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Pelosi and Schumer both implored Trump not to shutdown the government.

Despite Republican control of the House and Senate, Trump has little leverage to force Congress into appropriating money for the border wall. Trump wants the next funding package to include at least 5 billion dollars (£4 billion) for it, an idea Democrats have flatly rejected.

The border wall between the United States and Mexico, as seen from Tijuana.

After the meeting, Pelosi revealed to Democrats that Trump had claimed in their private session that Mexico would pay for the wall - his oft-stated campaign promise that he has abandoned since taking office.

The new term limits still have to be formally endorsed by the House Democratic Caucus.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, has agreed to abide by proposed term limits if elected speaker, a move that would cap her speakership at four more years that is expected to clear her path to the speaker's gavel in the January 3 floor vote. During their verbal sparring match in front of the cameras, the president said he would gladly accept responsibility for any shutdown if Congress did not approve his requested funding to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

The president contended that it could only pass if it met his demands for more funding for his proposed border wall along the USA southern border. Instead, the money should be used for fencing and technology that experts say is appropriate, Schumer said.

"One thing that I think we can agree on is we shouldn't shut down the government over a dispute, and you want to shut it down", Schumer told Trump. The Democrats said they had given Trump two options to keep government open and the responsibility lay with him and Republicans who control Congress.

But a defence department said later: "To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall".

"Did you say 'Trump?'" the president asked.


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