Updated: 5:38 p.m. EST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump’s forthcoming proposal for ending the 29-day partial government shutdown is a “non-starter.”
Minutes before Trump was to unveil his plan at the White House, the California Democrat said early reports about the proposal indicated it was insufficient.
Trump is offering to extend temporary protection for people brought to U.S. illegally as children in a bid to secure border wall funding.
He has struggled to find a way out of a four-week partial government shutdown over his demand to construct a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump promoted his plan Saturday as a way to “break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown.”
The California Democrat says Trump’s expected offer is “not a good-faith effort” to help the immigrants and could not pass the House.
The White House has billed Trump’s plan as an attempt to end the shutdown. But it’s drawn nothing but negative reviews from Democrats so far.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans Senate action this coming week on Trump’s plan to end the partial government shutdown. But the plan faces an uphill path in the Senate and virtually no chance of survival in the Democratic-controlled House.
The Kentucky Republican calls Trump’s proposal a “fair compromise” for ending the standoff.
McConnell says, “Everyone has made their point — now it’s time to make a law.”