Democrats reject President’s offer to end shutdown

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. (Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images Photo)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Donald Trump on Saturday launched a new plan to end the government shutdown, offering temporary protection from deportations for some undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in wall funding.

But Democrats swiftly rejected the proposal, which also includes millions of dollars for humanitarian aid and drug detection technology, and called on Trump to open the government before negotiations on immigration could start.

The President delivered a short speech from the White House in an attempt to shift the political dynamics of the longest government shutdown in history after polls showed that he was getting most of the blame. He had previously said he would be “proud” to close down the government in the wall fight.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not even wait for the speech to reject the proposal. She said it was a “a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives.”

“It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter. For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the President’s offer was not really an offer at all.

“It was the President who singled-handedly took away DACA and TPS protections in the first place — offering some protections back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage taking,” Schumer said in a statement.

Though it was quickly rejected by Democrats, Trump’s proposal could move the politics of the shutdown to a new stage, as various bills to reopen the government and fund the wall are debated on Capitol Hill, after weeks of fruitless negotiations between Democrats and the President.

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  • Jim Bob

    Democrats will reject anything President Trump offers. He could offer them everything they ask for and they would reject it because it came from the President and not them.

  • steve

    And for those of you that aren’t aware of it, in Presidential succession, the person next in line after the Vice President is………….Pelosi. And given the hysteria that’s rampant in these days, that’s scary.

  • Kevin Rahe

    Most Democrats are no longer concerned with policy. It’s all about personality and politics for them. There is no discernible difference between agreeing to end the shutdown before discussing immigration and agreeing that there will be no discussion about immigration reform at all.

  • Russell Weeks

    Go nuclear!! These heartless pathetic waste of oxygen idiots have proven they don’t care about anything but their power. Impeach Schumer and Pelosi! Get them out!

  • We the people

    Here it is liberal media, you hold it in your hands that it’s not Trump that is keeping the government shut down, the liberals (communists) are to blame.

  • We the people

    Here it is liberal media, you hold it in your hands that it’s not Trump that is keeping the government shut down, the liberals (communists) are to blame..

  • Bud

    Democrats have not and will never be interested in truly securing the southern border. They lied in 1986 and they are lying now – trying to blame President Trump for the shutdown when they are unwilling to even talk.
    Democrats are Hypocrites.

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