President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE on Tuesday questioned why Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Of partisan fights and follies, or why Democrats should follow Manchin, not Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) continues to receive a salary during a prolonged partial government shutdown, which has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay.
Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019
Trump has been seeking to put the blame on Democrats amid polls that show more people blame him for the partial government shutdown, which was triggered by the president's demands for funding for a Mexican border wall.
Parts of the government are open because Trump did sign spending bills for some departments, including the legislative branch.
In response to questions about Trump's remark and whether the Speaker was donating or forgoing her salary, Pelosi's office pointed to a tweet in which she called on Trump to reopen the government.
Her spokesman, Drew Hammill, tweeted in response to Trump that the House has "repeatedly passed bills to re-open government."
The House under Speaker Pelosi has repeatedly passed bills to re-open government. https://t.co/5ihTM0ss2g— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) January 15, 2019
The Democrat-held House has passed a series of bills in recent days to individually reopen several agencies, including the departments of Treasury, Interior and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeking challenger to McConnell as Senate GOP leader: report Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' Buckle up for more Trump, courtesy of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ky.) has said none of the bills will be brought up absent an agreement between Trump and Democrats.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have been furloughed or been forced to work without pay amid the shutdown. An increasing number of Transportation Security Agency workers have called in sick as they go without pay, though the agency has insisted travelers' safety is not compromised.
Dozens of lawmakers have said they will donate or forgo their salary during the shutdown.
Trump and lawmakers have said federal workers will receive back pay once the government is reopened.
Updated at 9:56 a.m.