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US House Passes Bills To End Government Shutdown, No Funds To Trump Wall

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| January 4 , 2019 , 14:07 IST

The House of Representatives in the United States passed a bill to reopen the government without funding for President Donald Trump's border wall on Thursday.

Trump threatened a veto of the legislation that would fund homeland security operations until February 8 and several other agencies through September because they do not provide any money for a wall that Trump demanded by constructed on the US border with Mexico.

Thursday marked the first day of divided government in Washington since Trump took office in January 2017, as Democrats took control in the House from his fellow Republicans, who remain in charge of the Senate.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi was elected to be the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as her party took majority control of the chamber following its election victory last November 6.

This marks Pelosi's second stint as speaker. She was the first woman ever to hold the job, serving from 2007 until 2011, when Republicans began an eight-year run in the House majority.

Bipartisan congressional leaders will head to the White House for negotiations Friday as they try to bridge a divide over Trump's demand for $5 billion for a wall.

A briefing on border security at the White House on Wednesday yielded no results, and Democrats emerged from it even more adamantly refusing to fund the barrier.