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 TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation 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.


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) MenendezVOA visa decision could hobble Venezuela coverage Bottom line Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads 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 McConnellNegotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms States begin removing Capitol's Confederate statues on their own Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal 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 PelosiGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Negotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGroup of GOP senators back more money for airlines to pay workers GOP super PAC launching August ad blitz Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package 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.