House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has officially sent Democrats home for a three-day weekend as the government shutdown continues. Federal workers will miss a second paycheck tomorrow.
I don't care about the hot takes on how we got here....this is the reality today: Pelosi can't make a deal without the danger of handing over the speaker's gavel and she'd rather hold that than get a solution to open up the government. https://t.co/Pjg8fpOR9d— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) January 24, 2019
As Guy has been reporting, Democrats have repeatedly voted against a measure that would pay federal workers.
?? UPDATE - For a *third* time, House Democrats have killed a GOP effort to pay federal workers during the shutdown. Given the attention lavished on R's breaking w/ POTUS, perhaps it's noteworthy that Pelosi's defections have swelled from 6 to 10 to 13: https://t.co/6rySipgiLX— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 24, 2019
Missing from news...— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) January 24, 2019
-1/17: 6 Dems joined ALL House GOP Reps to pay fed workers. Bill failed 195-222.
-1/23: 10 Dems joined all GOP to pay fed workers. Failed 200-215.
-1/24: 13 Dems joined all GOP to pay fed workers. Failed 200-214.
Release the hostages, negotiate, compromise
This of course hasn't stopped the narrative.
Democrats voted three times *against* getting them paid! https://t.co/wMGDHKk5wS— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 24, 2019
Again, Democrats voted three times *against* getting them paid! https://t.co/viZvvphZCX— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 24, 2019
Further, House Democrats have left town without issuing a counter offer on border security to the White House.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that House Democrats are not working behind the scenes to craft a counteroffer to President Trump’s border wall demands as a strategy for ending the history-making partial shutdown.
“That’s not true. That’s not true. That’s not true,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol.
Instead, the Speaker asserted that Democrats’ strategic blueprint remains unchanged: The House will continue to pass spending bills already authored and endorsed by Republicans, while insisting that Trump reopen the government as the prerequisite for bringing Democrats to the negotiating table on his border wall.
Meanwhile, President Trump is standing his ground.
Nancy just said she “just doesn’t understand why?” Very simply, without a Wall it all doesn’t work. Our Country has a chance to greatly reduce Crime, Human Trafficking, Gangs and Drugs. Should have been done for decades. We will not Cave!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2019