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Shutdown fight awaits new Congress

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/03/19, 11:38 am

Democrats officially take control of the House on Thursday as the 116th Congress convenes. The new majority will have 235 seats to Republicans’ 199, with one seat still undecided in North Carolina amid allegations of voter fraud. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is all but certain to reclaim the House speaker’s gavel. In the Senate, the GOP will add to its majority, seating three new senators for a total of 53.

Lawmakers will try again Friday to work out a compromise with President Donald Trump on funding for border security to end the partial government shutdown, which is in its 13th day. Pelosi said in an interview that aired Thursday on NBC’s Today show that there was no way House Democrats would approve the amount of border wall funding Trump requested: “We can go through the back and forth. No. How many more times can we say no?”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 01/03/2019 12:25 pm

    Pelosi is corrupt. I wish we had someone to investigate her. 

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 01/03/2019 12:40 pm

    Obama would have just pulled cash out of thin air and built whatever he wanted. Like he did when he delivered money to ISIS and Iran. 

  • GV
    Posted: Thu, 01/03/2019 12:42 pm

    I do not understand why the congress is not included in the financial shut down. Why aren't they working without a paycheck? Surely they can weather the hardship better than a TSA worker. No pay would encouage them to do their job and stop dithering around.