Democrats introduce impeachment articles on 1st day in the House

"Without a wall, you can not have border security", Trump said, flanked by border patrol agents and members of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has branded the wall "an immorality". She won the speakership by 220-192 vote over the Republican leader Congress Kevin McCarthy, who is now the House Minority Leader.

The resolution H.R. 21 would fund the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Justice, Interior, State, Transportation, and the Treasury through 30 September, while the resolution H.R.1 would fund the Department of Homeland Security through 8 February. "So we would hope that they would reconsider and would support the very bills that pass the Senate", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

However, the impasse is likely to remain as the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to block the legislation amid veto threats by the White House.

Mr McConnell called the Democrats' move a "total nonstarter" and a "political sideshow".

The Homeland Security bill does not include Trump's border wall demands.

Nancy Pelosi (C) is surrounded by children after being elected the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, on January 3, 2019.

She tapped the speaker's gavel three times, and she, the children and others in the chamber broke into applause.

In a nod to the moment, Pelosi, the first female speaker, was broadly pledging to make Congress work for all Americans - addressing kitchen table issues at a time of deep economic churn - even as her party is ready to challenge Trump with investigations and subpoena powers that threaten the White House agenda.

She said she wants to end the shutdown but will not support the wall. "It isn't cost effective", Pelosi added. "That means the wall, that means a physical barrier but also a broad range of border security measures that will make our country more secure".

It may be a new day and a new Congress, but hope is already a scarce commodity. In the Senate, 53 Republicans hold the majority over 45 Democrats and two independents aligning with Democrats.

New Mexico's Debra Haaland and Kansas' Sharice Davids were the first Native American congresswomen in the House, while New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, became the youngest woman to be elected to Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY also became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Many GOP senators are up for re-election in 2020 in states, including Colorado and ME, where voters have mixed views of Trump's performance in the White House.

In overall, Democrats have a 235-199 majority in the House, with one seat still in dispute after allegations of election fraud in the state of North Carolina.

There are ideological differences between numerous newcomers and the Democratic party's establishment.

Tlaib is one of few Democratic lawmakers to call for Trump's removal from office, however House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders have tread more carefully around the topic of impeachment. The press corps scrambled to fill the room, and about 10 minutes after making the announcement, Sanders entered and introduced President Trump, who stepped behind the podium for the first time since taking office.

How has the shutdown come about?

"If Leader McConnell tonight would put the bill that's passing the House on the floor, it would pass", Schumer said, noting that the measures previously had been backed by Senate Republicans.


Popular
  • Ben Roethlisberger denies 'blowout' with Antonio Brown: 'everything was great'

    Ben Roethlisberger denies 'blowout' with Antonio Brown: 'everything was great'

    Tomlin does believe that Brown was dealing with some type of injury, but added to his knowledge that Brown has not undergone the MRI.
    Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq, His First to a Combat Zone

    Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq, His First to a Combat Zone

    There were speculations about what the president was up to after reports of Air Force One being spotted flying over Europe. Talking to reporters, Trump defended his Syria decision and said people were going to eventually understand his reasoning.
    Where Is Santa Right Now? Watch NORAD Santa Tracker Live 2018

    Where Is Santa Right Now? Watch NORAD Santa Tracker Live 2018

    Last year NORAD Tracks Santa received 126,000 calls, 18m website hits, 1.8m Facebook followers and 179,000 more on Twitter . It began tracking Santa when a child called the command's headquarters in Colorado asking to speak to Santa Claus .
  • 911 service disrupted in parts of US

    911 service disrupted in parts of US

    Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink didn't provide details of the problem and it didn't indicate how many customers were affected. Customers of the internet, phone and TV provider have been hit by the outage, including in Idaho , New Mexico and Minnesota .
    Roy Keane: Manchester United's players threw José Mourinho under the bus

    Roy Keane: Manchester United's players threw José Mourinho under the bus

    No matter what team you're coaching, they all want to have a picture of how you want to play. "These are quality players". I don't think anyone has been on the bench more than me! You treat players how you treat your kids.
    China arrests third Canadian

    China arrests third Canadian

    The latter comment was a reference to Meng's extremely comfortable conditions after she was released on bail by a Canadian court. The Prime Minister's Office confirmed that the third detainee was working as a teacher in China and is a female.
  • Rashida Tlaib sworn in wearing Palestinian dress

    Rashida Tlaib sworn in wearing Palestinian dress

    When incoming USA congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is sworn into office Thursday, she will use Thomas Jefferson's centuries-old Quran. Pelosi said Friday at an MSNBC town hall that she doesn't agree that the House should move to impeach Trump without more facts.
    Bird Box Challenge compels Netflix to issue danger warning

    Bird Box Challenge compels Netflix to issue danger warning

    In the "challenge", a person is put on a blindfold and tries to navigate the world around him just like in the movie, Bird Box . Last Wednesday, Teigen was one of the many who took to Twitter to give their reactions about the horror film.
    Grand Forks Kmart one of 80 Sears Holdings properties to close

    Grand Forks Kmart one of 80 Sears Holdings properties to close

    The company released a list of the closing Sears and Kmart locations online and released the following statement. That's in addition to the closure of 46 unprofitable stores that had already been announced on October 15.
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking forward to 'special' Old Trafford return

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking forward to 'special' Old Trafford return

    However, the levels of commitment he demanded from those sides was not evident in the current United squad. After a 4-0 win against Norwich, the Welshman rung the changes for a home game against Sunderland.
    United States  stocks close lower as government shutdown looms

    United States stocks close lower as government shutdown looms

    The Nasdaq led Friday's plunge, dropping three percent for a total week's loss of 8.3 percent, breaking August's record low. For instance, the Nasdaq fell 55.6 percent during its last bear market, which ran from October 31, 2007, to March 9, 2009.
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    The web-swinging mobile game launched a comic-con trailer back in 2014 and it later launched for free for iOS and Android devices. You'll still be able to play it until that date, but don't expect to see any new content being added to the title.

CONNECT