In the end, 15 Democrats don't back Pelosi for speaker

Nancy Pelosi: The remarkable comeback of America’s most powerful woman

The clerk of the House rapped the gavel to signal the chamber was into session, with 235 Democrats and 199 Republicans reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and being sworn in, ahead of a vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House.

The largely party-line votes came after Trump made a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room pledging to keep up the fight for his signature campaign promise.

The calls come as the White House has been trying to highlight the dangers of illegal immigration as Trump tries to rally support for his long-stalled border wall. But thus far, because of Trump's opposition, party leaders have refused.

But the Republican-led Senate appears unlikely to consider the Democratic funding bills.

Comments from the most politically vulnerable members of McConnell's caucus suggested discomfort with the majority leader's approach, and a desire for a quick resolution to the shutdown.

The new Democratic-held US House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday night that would end the 13-day partial government shutdown, but ignored President Donald Trump's request for $5 billion to fund a border wall. As a fact-check, the vast majority of the American people do not want the wall. Newly elected lawmakers arrived, often with friends and families in tow, to take the oath of office and pose for ceremonial photos.

The 2019-2020 Congress convened with roughly a quarter of the federal government closed, affecting 800,000 employees, in a shutdown triggered by Trump's demand last month for the money for a US-Mexican border wall - opposed by Democrats - as part of any legislation funding government agencies. That ensures the shutdown will continue, clouding the first days of the new session.

"What we're asking the Republicans in the Senate to do is to take "yes" for an answer".

"We'll see ... It could be a long time, or it could be quickly".

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He also said the compromise should include changes in federal law to discourage people from trying to enter the USA illegally. Trump, however, is still insisting that any deal include billions of dollars to fund his long-stalled southern border wall .

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Pelosi's opposition largely voted for Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos of IL or other Democrats, while three chose no candidate at all.

She's no stranger to the role having previously served as Speaker, the US's third highest ranking official, between 2007 to 2011. Democrats have called the wall immoral, ineffective and medieval. He called her leadership "unparalleled in modern American history".

Pelosi, who was elected speaker earlier Thursday, also took a shot a Trump, calling his proposal "a wall between reality and his constituents".

Ocasio-Cortez announced her opposition in a tweet: "PAYGO isn't only bad economics.it's also a dark political maneuver created to hamstring progress" on health care and other legislation, she wrote.

"A vote AGAINST the Democratic Rules package is a vote to let Mick Mulvaney make across the board cuts, unilaterally reversing Democratic initiatives and funding increases", he wrote, referring to the budget director and acting White House chief of staff. "So that's that", she said at a news conference this afternoon. With nowhere to run or hide, Republicans are in a bind while Trump does not care for anything other than what right wing commentators are telling him.

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash voted for Kentucky GOP Rep. Thomas Massie. Many are first time members of Congress.

She was a fierce critic of George W Bush's plans to increase troop levels in the Iraq war, opposed President Donald Trump's tax reform and was the driving force behind the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which raised the USA minimum wage.

President Donald Trump says the southern border is "like a sieve", and he's lamenting how USA authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants trying to breach the border fence in Tijuana.

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