WASHINGTON: Democrats take over the US House of Representatives on Thursday, ushering in a new era of divided government in Washington with the goal of checking Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency, reports AFP.
Battle-tested Nancy Pelosi was poised to take over as speaker of the House for the second time in her career, as a partial federal government shutdown over Trump’s insistence that lawmakers fund a US-Mexico border wall neared the two-week mark.The end of Trump’s one-party rule in Washington invigorated Democrats still dejected over the bombastic Republican’s 2016 presidential win.
In excerpts of the speech she was to deliver to the House later Thursday, Pelosi vowed the new Congress would be “bipartisan and unifying” and “will debate and advance good ideas no matter where they come from.”
“In that spirit, Democrats will be offering the Senate Republican appropriations legislation to re-open government later today—to meet the needs of the American people, and to protect our borders,” she said.
But such cooperation across the political aisle appeared unlikely as Trump continued to dig in over his demand that Congress approve a $5 billion plan to construct a border wall aimed at thwarting illegal immigration—with Democrats appearing unlikely to appease him.
After saying he remained “ready and willing to work with Democrats” late Wednesday, Trump lashed out Thursday.
“The Shutdown is only because of the 2020 Presidential Election,” he tweeted.“The Democrats know they can’t win based on all of the achievements of ‘Trump,’ so they are going all out on the desperately needed Wall and Border Security - and Presidential Harassment. For them, strictly politics!”