Democrats are now refusing to even talk. They say the White House numbers keep changing. The White House says Pelosi is trying to keep her base happy and get elected speaker.
From a piece I did for the Washington Examiner.
Efforts to resolve a government shutdown fight have been at a standstill since Saturday, when Democrats rejected a White House proposal that reduced President Trump’s $5 billion demand for a border wall and offered flexibility on just how solid the wall needed to be.
According to a senior White House official, White House negotiators led by Vice President Mike Pence and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner huddled with Democrats on Capitol Hill Saturday and proposed between $1.6 billion and $5 billion in funds for a “physical barrier” that would include “fencing, a wall, and steel slats.”
This, the official acknowledged, meant not all the funding would have to be used for a “wall.”