House votes to end shutdown despite White House veto threat vanguard news ,
House Democrats took their first major legislative votes of the new Congress, approving two measures to end the 13-day partial government shutdown — despite a presidential veto threat.
“We are not doing a wall. Does anybody have any doubt? We are not doing a wall,” Pelosi,
D-California, said, dubbing the President Donald Trump as a “master of diversion.” In light of newly divided government, Thursday’s votes set down a legislative marker for the House of Representatives, but did not produce a bipartisan resolution to the border wall stalemate or bring the shutdown any closer to its end.
“The fact is a wall is an immorality. It’s not who we are as a nation,” Pelosi said. “It’s a wall between reality and his constituents, his supporters.”
“As Representatives, funding the federal government is one of our most important duties,” House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-New York, said on the House floor during debate on the bills.
“When Congress allows a president to dictate ridiculous demands and lets petty partisanship prevent the timely passage of appropriations bills,
“You can call it a barrier. You can call it whatever you want,” Trump said. “But essentially, we need protection in our country. We’re going to make it good. The people of our country want it.”
Separately, the White House signaled Thursday that the president would veto either measure if the legislation reached the Resolute Desk.
“The Administration has made it clear that the Government needs an investment of at least $5 billion for border security, along with the flexibility necessary to utilize these funds efficiently,”