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Democrats reject Trump’s proposal to end govt shutdown



Democrats reject Trump’s proposal to end govt shutdown

A proposal by President Donald Trump to offer temporary protection for DACA, TPS recipients in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for border wall has been described as inadequate by Democrats.

The proposal which seeks to extend protections for young undocumented people brought to the country as children was dismissed as a non-starter, with Democrats calling on Trump to re-open the government first.

Speaking from the White House, Trump said he was offering a “commonsense compromise both parties should embrace”.

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In advance of Trump’s remarks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the expected proposal for ending the 29-day partial government shutdown was “a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable”. The California Democrat said Trump’s expected offer was “not a good-faith effort” to help the immigrants and could not pass the House.

The standoff over the demand for $5.7bn to help fund a US-Mexico border wall continues to deepen a row with Congress as partial government shutdown enters its 29th day.

Reports say Trump has also blocked permission for congressional delegation’s to use military aircraft.

The move by Trump also prevented Congress from approving legislation to restore funding to about a quarter of the federal government, which closed down partially on December 22.

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