Democratic party members are beginning to plead with their leaders in the House and the Senate to give the president a counteroffer Tuesday, as the government touts its 32nd day in shutdown, according to Politico.
In a movement to communicate to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) that she should give the president a counteroffer after President Trump’s address, a few Democrats, led by freshman Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D, VA), are trying to end the stalemate in Washington by offering a few solutions to the veteran Representative.
“We understand that this shutdown was not caused by the 116th Congress, but it is our job to fix it,” the letter said.
While Democratic leadership speaks of unity, it is likely that the letter being circulated among the party will receive more support as the government continues to stay closed.
Is in unknown how many House Democrats have signed the letter, but top spokesmen for Democratic leaders have tried their best to downplay the letter, saying that the party, including Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D, NY) remains united against the president, even as the second missed paycheck for federal employees is less than a week from being marked.
“[Democrats] agree. The first step is to re-open government,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.
Some Democrats in Congress are coming out and challenging the strategy of Pelosi and Schumer. Rep. Collin Peterson (D, MN) said on a radio station Tuesday that Democrats should just “give Trump the money.”
“I’d give him the whole thing…and put strings on it so you make sure he puts the wall where it needs to be. Why are we fighting over this? We’re going to build that wall anyway, at some time.”
While the letter is likely to gain support to end the government shutdown, Democratic leadership seems likely to halt any vote on the president’s border wall, with Speaker Pelosi telling the president in a meeting that she will not fund the border wall even if he reopens the government.
The central issue is that the President wants a border wall in exchange for the reopening of the government, and recently an extension of Obama’s DACA program, and the Democrats want the president to reopen the government before they negotiate the wall. All of this news leads the country to believe that the government is likely to stay shut down for lack of negotiating in Washington.