Shutdown looms as Nancy Pelosi rejects Trump’s demand for border wall

As Democrats wait to take over the majority next year, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi says that lawmakers should punt a debate over the president’s demand for a border wall to next fall in order to avert a partial government shutdown later this month.

Rejecting President Donald Trump’s $5 billion demand for a border security, Pelosi told reporters she would refuse an offer to permanently resolve the standoff over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in exchange for any money for a border wall.

“They’re two different subjects,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said, expressing a desire to decouple the debate over DREAMers from a fight over the border wall.

The House of Representatives and Senate passed a two-week stopgap…

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