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 TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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) MenendezPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid House passes temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans Senate panel advances bipartisan bill to lower drug prices amid GOP blowback 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 McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence 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 PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? 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.