Top House Dem: 'I think we're very close to a deal' to end shutdown

Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the third-ranking Democrat in the House, on Wednesday said he believes lawmakers are "very close to a deal" to end the partial government shutdown that has lasted nearly three weeks, despite few signs from President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE that he's willing to give in on his demand for border wall funding.

Clyburn said on CNN's "New Day" that Democrats will introduce a series of bills on Wednesday that would individually fund agencies affected by the ongoing shutdown that are not related to the dispute over border security funds.

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Democrats and some Republicans are expected to vote to fund the Treasury Department, followed by the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. 

"I believe that if we continue with this and send these bills to the Senate, I think that in the not too distant future the Senate will act and the president will respond in a positive way," Clyburn said.

 

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president More oversight of America’s international media networks a good idea Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems MORE (D-N.J.) expressed skepticism about Clyburn's view, telling CNN that he's "not aware that we’re that close at all" to making a deal.

 

A few Senate Republicans have said they'd support voting to reopen specific agencies, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Former House Republican: Trump will lose the presidency if he backs away from border security Pence quotes MLK in pitch for Trump's immigration proposal MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will not bring legislation that does not have Trump's support up for a vote.

The shutdown has dragged on for 19 days and counting as Trump demands more than $5 billion to build his proposed wall along the southern border. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security measures, but no specific money for the wall.

Trump delivered a prime-time address from the Oval Office on Tuesday, portraying the wall as a solution to a humanitarian and national security crisis. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Fox’s Wallace to Pence: Is government shutdown all about ‘leverage?' Former House Republican: Trump will lose the presidency if he backs away from border security MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE (D-N.Y.) said in response that the president should reopen the government and negotiate with Democrats who support other border security efforts.

Trump will meet with Senate Republicans on Wednesday afternoon, followed by a sit-down with congressional leaders from both parties.