Pelosi takes hard line on wall

The Norwalk Hour - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

House Demo­cratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thurs­day re­jected the idea of pay­ing for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s border wall in ex­change for help­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of young im­mi­grants avoid de­por­ta­tion.

Fund­ing for the wall — a top Trump pri­or­ity — and le­gal pro­tec­tions for so­called Dream­ers, a key Demo­cratic goal, should not be linked, Pelosi said.

“They’re two dif­fer­ent sub­jects,” she said.

Her com­ments came as the House and Se­nate ap­proved a stop­gap bill Thurs­day to keep the gov­ern­ment funded through Dec. 21. The mea­sure, ap­proved by voice votes in near-empty cham­bers, now goes to the White House.

Trump has promised to sign the two-week ex­ten­sion to al­low for cer­e­monies this week hon­or­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30. But he wants the next fund­ing pack­age to in­clude at least $5 bil­lion for his pro­posed wall, some­thing Democrats have re­jected. Trump is set to meet Tues­day at the White House with Pelosi and Se­nate Demo­cratic leader Chuck Schumer.

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