In the end, 15 Democrats don’t back Nancy Pelosi for speaker

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Nancy Pelosi was officially elected the new House speaker on Thursday in a majority vote by the House of Representatives on the first day of the 116th Congress.

The partial government shutdown stretched into its 13th day on Thursday, when the new Democratic House majority was sworn in. A "political earthquake" and "nightmare scenario for Trump" is how Washington DC insiders are framing the shift in power today when the most female, most racially diverse House in American history swept into the capital city.

The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has passed a legislative package aimed at ending the partial government shutdown without paying for President Donald Trump's border wall, drawing a veto threat from the White House.

Trump was joined by Pence in the Rose Garden, as well as House Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise.

Democrats also approved a separate measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown, at levels Senate Republicans had largely agreed to a year ago.

"We have no illusions that our work will be easy", Pelosi said, but she added that "when we disagree we respect each other, and we respect the truth".

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who's up for re-election in 2020 in his increasingly blue state, also said Thursday that he supports passing a continuing resolution to reopen the government.

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"The wall - you can call it a barrier, you can call it whatever you want - but essentially we need protection in our country", Trump told reporters, without taking questions.

"I said, "Mr President, give me one good reason why you should continue your shutdown", Schumer told reporters.

As House speaker, Pelosi will regularly face off against President Donald Trump and will preside over an emboldened and energized Democratic majority that is poised to launch aggressive oversight of the President and his administration. The partial government shutdown began on December 22 after Democrats and President Donald Trump were unable to reach a compromise over his demands for a $5 billion border wall.

The letter includes a request for $800 million for "urgent humanitarian needs", a reflection of the growing anxiety over migrants travelling to the border - which the White House said Democrats raised in the meetings. Trump has invited the top eight congressional leaders in both parties to the White House Friday to continue negotiations, after hosting them Wednesday for a border security "briefing" that yielded no progress. "Two months ago, the American people spoke and demanded a new dawn". "Why doesn't the Pelosi bill do that?" said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. McConnell has suggested the shutdown could last for weeks. Trump, for his part, is not backing off from his $5 billion wall demand but the pressure is cranking up as the next pay day approaches rapidly - 11 January.

In public, Trump renewed his dire warnings of rapists and others at the border. As speaker of the House, she is next behind Vice President Mike Pence.

"Let's not waste the time", he said on the Senate floor.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) didn't even wait until she was seated as a congresswoman to go after the president's job, publishing an op-ed on Thursday entitled "Now is the time to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump".

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