Pelosi takes speaker's oath of office surrounded by children

Palestinian-American congresswoman on Trump: We will 'impeach this motherf---er'

Trump repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has refused and USA taxpayers likely will be left footing the bill.

President Trump and congressional leaders met at the White House on Friday in what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called a "lengthy and sometimes contentious" session and in which the president threatened to keep the government shut down for months or years.

Separately, the White House signaled Thursday that the president would veto either measure if the legislation reached the Resolute Desk.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the Senate will not consider them, because he only wants to call a vote on a funding measure Trump would sign.

The Democratic package to end the shutdown would include one bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels - with $1.3 billion for border security, far less than Trump has said he wants for the wall - through February 8 as talks would continue.

How has the shutdown come about? On Thursday, she was re-elected to the office, as Democrats took control of the House.

But, the partial USA government shutdown has showed no sign of ending, as the stand-off between President Donald Trump and democrats continues.

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

That means the shutdown is sure to continue.

The halls of the Capitol were bustling with arrivals, children in the arms of many new lawmakers. It's all handshakes and smiles; ceremony and sunshine.

Among the first tasks of the 116th Congress will be ending a almost two-week government shutdown that has left a quarter of federal agencies shuttered due to lapsed funding.

There were still receptions and flowery speeches to supporters who travelled to Washington for the occasion.

Meanwhile, House Democrats prepared to pass a plan to re-open government without funding Trump's signature promise.

Palestinian-American congresswoman on Trump: We will 'impeach this motherf---er'
Pelosi elected Speaker as Democrats take control of House of Representatives

This was the opening move, however. Contrary to the President's demands for $5 billion for a border wall, however, the legislation does not provide any new wall funding, setting up an early confrontation between the new Democratic majority and the administration.

Thursday brought an end to Trump's one-party rule in Washington, a massive boost for Democrats who felt deflated after Trump's 2016 victory.

"I'm realistic, not optimistic", he added.

What is new about this Congress?

In a nod to the moment, Pelosi, the first female speaker who reclaimed the post she lost to the GOP in 2011, broadly pledged to make Congress work for all Americans - addressing kitchen table issues at a time of deep economic churn - even as her party readies to challenge Trump with investigations and subpoena powers that threaten the White House agenda.

We enter this new Congress with a sense of great hope and confidence for the future, and deep humility and prayerfulness in the face of the challenges ahead, she said accepting the gavel as Speaker of the House.

They are the majority in the most diverse Congress in U.S. history, including a record number of women and members of minorities.

In the U.S., the Democrats have manoeuvred to pass legislation with the support of new Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the only woman ever to serve as speaker.

"As I have stated many times, if the Democrats take over the House or Senate, there will be disruption to the Financial Markets".

Much of the media has been excited about Tlaib and Ilhan Omar becoming the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Leftist activist Linda Sarsour attended Tlaib's swearing-in ceremony.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY also became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Eight of the 11 freshman Democrats who voted against Pelosi are male and all of them are white.

Women hold 102 seats in the House and 25 seats in the Senate.

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