President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE is hunkered down at the White House as the partial government shutdown enters its second week, with little signs of a deal on the horizon.
While Trump canceled plans to go to Florida for a break from Washington, congressional leaders have fanned out across the country, underlining the lack of action in Washington, D.C.
Nothing is expected to happen until Jan. 3, when Democrats retake the majority in the House. They are expected to pass legislation to reopen the government shortly after an election to name a new Speaker — widely expected to be House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics soon: report Pressure grows to remove Boebert from committees Lawmakers remember Bob Dole: 'Bona fide American hero' MORE (Calif.).
Even though the White House has sought to paint the Speaker's election as a reason why there is no deal to reopen the government, the reality is that Pelosi has the contest locked up after securing a deal with a group of Democrats opposed to her leadership. The deal would end her second Speakership at a maximum of four years.
Pelosi was spotted in Hawaii this week, something news outlets on the right have sought to use against her, contrasting her vacation with Trump's time away from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said that Pelosi will be back in her hometown of San Francisco on Saturday and will be working in the Capitol on Monday and Tuesday.
“Speaker-designate Pelosi has been in constant contact with her staff, the House Democratic leadership, and [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.] to discuss efforts to reopen government,” Hammill said. “The last time there has been any outreach to Pelosi directly from the White House was Tuesday, December 11 when President Trump phoned her after the White House meeting that morning. Pelosi continues to urge the Republicans in charge of the House, Senate and White House to allow a vote to reopen the government, and if they do not, Speaker Pelosi will on January 3rd.”
Pelosi does not have the power to bring a bill to the floor that would reopen the government until the Democrats retake the House, though Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) sought to do so during a brief session earlier this week. He was not recognized by the Republican presiding over the short House session.
None of the other congressional leaders are in Washington, either.
Schumer has been in his home state with his family and new grandson, and has constantly spent time on the phone with staff and Pelosi and other lawmakers, said Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers remember Bob Dole: 'Bona fide American hero' Senate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 MORE (R-Ky.) is in his home state and is in regular contact with others, said his spokesman, Don Stewart. McConnell has said that he would call senators back to Washington if Democrats and the White House reached a deal.
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for outgoing Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Wis.), did not provide information about Ryan’s whereabouts but said that “the House remains ready to act once there is a product that can pass the Senate and that the president says he will sign.”
“Unfortunately Senator Schumer has still not produced a counter to the White House’s latest offer, so we continue to wait for a 60-vote solution to protect the border and end this partial shutdown,” she added.
A spokesperson for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPressure grows to remove Boebert from committees Senate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill News reporting in an age of rampant mendacity MORE (R-Calif.), who will be the top House Republican next year, did not comment on the record about McCarthy’s location.
Most lawmakers have been away from Washington for the bulk of the partial government shutdown, which began on Dec. 22 after a fight over Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall on the Mexican border.
The Senate approved legislation by voice vote that would have kept the government open through Feb. 8. The Senate measure did not include money for Trump's wall.
After the Senate action, House Republicans muscled through a bill that also funded the government through Feb. 8 but that included $5.7 billion for Trump's wall and border security. That bill was dead on arrival in the Senate, where it lacked the necessary 60 votes.
Unlike previous shutdowns, which were marked by late-night debates and votes in the wee hours of the morning, lawmakers have mostly shrugged off the latest funding lapse, which is the third in the past year.
Lawmakers have stayed or returned to Washington during the holidays for key votes in the past. Senators were in town on Christmas Eve in 2009 when Senate Democrats passed ObamaCare. The House also ended a fiscal showdown in 2013 when it passed legislation on New Year's Day to avert major income tax increases on most Americans.
For his part, Trump sought to remind the public that he was in Washington on Saturday.
“I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security," he tweeted.