Trump digs in as some Republicans grow tired of shutdown

Marco Rubio puts on his jacket

"Today, my friend the Democratic leader [Schumer] is proposing to add a Senate shutdown to the partial federal government shutdown and block even more of the people's business, all to avoid more of what he already voted for", said McConnell, who added "The only things that have changed between then and now are the political winds and of course the occupant of the White House".

In a joint statement Monday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats must be given equal airtime to rebut Trump, who, "if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation". The move is meant to call out Republican tactics to move forward on Trump's border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Steamtown National Historic Site remains temporarily closed due to government shutdown in Scranton, Pa., on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

It also comes amid a partial government shutdown over funding for U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall which is now in its 18th day. Democratic leaders have offered $1.3 billion for bolstering border security more broadly, rather than a wall. Marco Rubio, R-Texas, alleged on Twitter that Senate Democrats feared bringing the bill to the floor because it would expose how many of them support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, which the measure seeks to limit.

"The Senate should vote on nothing else until we vote to reopen the government".

Pence also will meet with Senate Republicans on Wednesday. Senator John Cornyn of Texas said the declaration "should be an extraordinary exception" and Representative Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said using military funds for the wall "will be damaging".

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"As I said on the night the partial government shutdown began, I do not think shutting down the government is ever the right answer", Gardner said on January 3.

Hours before Trump's brief meeting with Democrats at the White House, his message to a handful of frustrated Republicans anxious about the blowback from the shutdown was to "hang together" until he can get billions in wall funding.

"But we will try again later this week", Rubio said. "We shouldn't be forcing these men and women to shoulder the burden of Democrats' unwillingness to work with GOP to solve the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border", said Ohio Rep. "This shutdown is squeezing the finances of so many Americans, including thousands of federal workers who live in Virginia".

But Shelby said he believes that will put equal pressure on Democrats as well as Republicans to come to a solution. He said the White House ignored those statistics when issuing the updated request.

It states it would 'increase protections for state and local governments in the United States that decide to divest from, prohibit investment in, and restrict contracting with companies knowingly engaged in commerce-related or investment-related BDS activity targeting Israel, ' according to Senate Republicans.

"The problem right now is that there are those who feel very passionately that we should not do anything unless the government is open", Menendez told Al Jazeera.

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