PressTV-US shutdown talks fail, Pelosi plans new legislation

The Trump administration and Democratic congressional staffers have failed to reach an agreement to end the 15-day government shutdown.

Following their meeting on Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would pass new legislation in a bid to reopen parts of the government next week.

House Democrats would pass piecemeal appropriation bills to be able to reopen government agencies, starting with the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, Pelosi said.

“This action is necessary so that the American people can receive their tax refunds on schedule,” she added.

President Donald Trump, who is demanding $5.6 billion to build a wall along the US border with Mexico, said Friday that he was willing to keep the government closed for a year or more unless Democrats agree to his demand.

He also tweeted on Saturday that “the Democrats could solve the Shutdown problem in a very short period of time.”

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