REPORT: Democrats reiterate demand: Reopen the government before negotiations on border security

CNN.com:

Washington (CNN) — A day after President Donald Trump offered his plan to end the shutdown and fund a border wall in exchange for temporary protections for groups of immigrants, Democrats stood by their demand to reopen the government before negotiating about the border.

“Let’s not hold the American people, especially the federal workers, hostage to these negotiations,” South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, a member of Democratic leadership, told Fox News. “And hopefully we will open with what he has put on the table, and let’s go back and forth on this and see where we can find common ground.”

The article goes on to state the following:

The Democratic rejection came as Vice President Mike Pence made clear the GOP intended to go forward with the plan the President outlined, positions that combined to show little tangible progress toward ending the longest government shutdown on record.

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