House Dems postpone unveiling border plan amid Senate talks

House Democrats on Friday postponed unveiling their border security proposal as they await the outcome of bipartisan Senate talks aimed at ending the partial government shutdown.
 
 
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Democrats were expected to release their plan to bolster border security without new wall construction. The proposal is expected to call for enhanced surveillance technologies and reinforcement of existing border infrastructure.
 
Pelosi said she is not in discussions with the White House about reopening agencies affected by the shutdown, which is now in its 35th day.
 
"There are discussions on the Senate side," Pelosi said. "We’ll see what happens today, one step at a time."
 
 
Six Republican senators broke ranks and voted for a Democratic-backed measure that would have temporarily reopened the government without money for a border wall. A competing GOP proposal that included border wall funds drew only one Democratic defection: Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump awards Medal of Freedom to NBA legend Bob Cousy Overnight Energy: Green groups sue Trump over Endangered Species Act changes | Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency | Wildfires in Amazon rainforest burn at record rate Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency out west MORE (W.Va.).
 
The talks between McConnell and Schumer also followed a contentions closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans and Vice President Pence, where GOP senators warned him that prolonging the shutdown is not a good political strategy.