Jan 3, 2019 - Politics & Policy

White House formally threatens to veto Democrat spending bills

Nancy Pelosi looks regal.

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The White House has formally threatened to veto the spending bills proposed by House Democrats that would end the partial government shutdown.

Why it matters: This is not a surprise, but it’s the 13th day of the shutdown and President Trump’s ability to leverage congressional support just got a lot harder now that Democrats officially control the House. New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the Democrats will not approve border wall funding, while President Trump has said he won't sign a bill without it — meaning negotiations will stay at an impasse for the foreseeable future.

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