White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayChristie says he was unable to reach Trump on Jan. 6 Watchdog cites 13 Trump officials who violated Hatch Act before 2020 election Ethics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act MORE on Sunday knocked House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Bipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise The GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous MORE (D-Calif.) and other Democrats for leaving Washington, D.C., amid a partial government shutdown, even though members of both parties have left the nation's capital during the holidays.
"Nancy Pelosi needs to come back from Hawaii. Less hula, more moola for the [Department of Homeland Security] and Customs and Border Patrol, funding our border security," Conway said on "Fox News Sunday."
"They need to come to the table and do their job," she continued. "A fully functioning democracy demands that both parties come together and that the Congress and the executive branch work together."
Pelosi was reportedly spotted at a resort in Hawaii late last week.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement that Pelosi has been in her hometown of San Francisco since Saturday, and will be working in the Capitol on Monday and Tuesday. He noted that no congressional leaders from either party are currently in Washington, D.C.
Parts of the federal government have been shut down for more than a week as President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE demands $5 billion in funding for a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Senate previously passed a stopgap bill that contained $1.6 billion for border security, and the House passed a bill that contained $5 billion. The two sides have not been able to reach an agreement, and most lawmakers in recent days left Washington, D.C., indicating no breakthrough is imminent.
Democrats take control of the House majority on Jan. 3, when Pelosi has indicated the party will introduce a bill to reopen the government. Hammill noted that Pelosi has not heard from Trump since Dec. 11, the same day that the two met in the Oval Office and Trump said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government.
Trump has in recent days complained that he has not heard from Democrats to negotiate an end to the shutdown, but Conway did not say on Sunday whether the president has reached out to Democratic leaders to initiate conversations.
She expressed optimism that the White House would be able to work with Democrats on infrastructure in 2019 despite clashes on other issues.