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Tags: Donald Trump | Homeland Security | Immigration | Trump Administration | border wall | government shutdown | veto

WH: Trump Should Veto Bills That Would Reopen Agencies

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President Donald Trump (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 January 2019 05:09 PM

The White House on Wednesday said the Trump administration opposes four House bills that would reopen shuttered government agencies, with advisers recommending President Donald Trump veto them.

"Moving these four bills without a broader agreement to address the border crisis is unacceptable," the White House said in a statement. "The administration looks forward to working with the Congress to enact appropriations legislation that adequately addresses the security and humanitarian crisis on our Southwest border and gets the entire Federal Government back to work for the American people as soon as possible."

The House late Wednesday voted to advance one of the measures, with eight Republicans joining Democrats on passing H.R. 264, which reopens the Treasury Department, IRS and more than 20 independent agencies.

Bills 265, 266 and 267 are still waiting to be voted on.

The partial government shutdown entered its 19th day with no end in sight as Trump will not budge on his demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump walked out of a White House meeting Wednesday with congressional leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calling it a "waste of time."

"Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time," Trump tweeted afterward. "I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

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Four House bills that would reopen shuttered government agencies stand no chance against President Donald Trump's veto, the White House said Wednesday.
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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 05:09 PM
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