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Capitol Ink | Special Relationship

It’s official - longest shutdown ever
 

Criticizing Trump, Pelosi highlights the president’s walkout in weekly press briefing
 

Pelosi: 'I don't even know if the president wants the wall'

“I think the meeting was a setup so he could walkout,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, referring to a Wednesday meeting at the White House regarding the continued government shutdown over border wall funding.

‘No wall, no deal,’ Pence declares, pushing for congressional action over national emergency
Courts would be involved if Trump ends up declaring national emergency, vice president acknowledges

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association rally to “Stop the Shutdown” in front of the Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“No wall, no deal.” That’s how Vice President Mike Pence succinctly summed up the administration’s position on ending the partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day. 

“Because walls work,” Pence said Thursday during a press briefing at the Capitol. 

Capitol Ink | Government Shutdown Wall

Trump says no sign of GOP disunity, may still declare national emergency
 

President Donald Trump joined Republican senators at their weekly caucus luncheon on Wednesday to confab on border security amid the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Schumer: ‘I don’t think he persuaded a soul with his talk last night’
 

Democratic leadership and union leaders highlighted furloughed federal workers at a Wednesday press conference to discuss the partial government shutdown.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer also gave their impression of President Trump’s Oval Office address from Tuesday night.

Trump’s border wall address vs. Democrats’ response
 

President Donald Trump gave a televised primetime address from the Oval Office Tuesday night to discuss what he called a “growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” as negotiations on funding the federal government continue to stall over Trump's proposed border wall.

Democrats could sue if Trump declares national emergency over wall, Hoyer says
Majority leader says technology, more personnel at border would be more effective than barrier

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., applauds for reporters who used to attend his press briefings as minority leader, during his first briefing of the 116th Congress as majority leader. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Democratic leadership has not yet discussed what their reaction would be if President Donald Trump were to follow through on his threat to declare a national emergency on the border to build his wall, but he said a lawsuit is certainly a possibility.

Hoyer reiterated Democrats’ opposition to a border wall and said they’re not really interested in alternative barriers either. He said experts have said neither a wall nor fencing is what’s really needed at the border but rather technology, drones and more personnel.