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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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) MenendezSenate to vote on blocking Trump's Saudi arms deal as soon as this week There is a severe physician shortage and it will only worsen Democrats ask Fed to probe Trump's Deutsche Bank ties 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 McConnellEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Lawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' 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.