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Two images captured the mood in Washington this week as excited children crowded into the normally staid House of Representatives to help the re-elected speaker, Nancy Pelosi, welcome the most diverse new intake of lawmakers in US history, while Donald Trump surrounded himself with tough guys at a surprise White House press briefing, delivering another hardline push for his wall project on the US-Mexico border.

Schumer said that Democrats could only talk about additional funding for border security once the shutdown ended - but Trump has rejected that proposal.

President Donald Trump, who has taken credit for stock market gains, on Friday blamed the December bear market on the Democrats' winning control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the November elections.

Dubbed the "For the People Act", the legislation marks an effort by Democrats to set a tone of good government as they take the majority following historic gains in the midterm elections.

Credit rating agency Moody's said the shutdown will cause minimal US economic and credit market disruption but there could be a more severe impact on financial markets and the broad economy if the closure is protracted.

"We're gonna go in and impeach the motherf*****", she said. "Why would they not do that? They elected her to find real solutions ... so, we're hopeful that she as Speaker will do that".

President Donald Trump threatened to keep the USA government partially shut for months or years on Friday after he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve their dispute over Trump's request for US$5.6 billion (4.4 billion pounds) to build a wall on the Mexican border. "It isn't cost effective".

"We're asking the president to open up government", Ms Pelosi told the Today show before the first session of the new House.

But Trump is standing his ground.

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After congratulating Pelosi for becoming Speaker of the House, President Trump insisted on the importance of a border wall. But nothing less will work.

Seeking to ease concerns, the White House sought to frame the weekend talks as a step forward, as did McConnell, who described plans for a "working group", though people familiar with the meeting said that phrase never actually came up.

As a long-time Trump critic, Ms Tlaib made calls for his impeachment central to her campaign - and was once arrested for heckling the then-candidate during his White House run.

"But I don't think it's any worse than what the president has said". Could we do it for a little bit less?

Mr Trump's Republicans had passed an initial funding bill including $5bn (£4bn) for the wall, when they still had a majority in the House, but they could not get the necessary 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate. "If he gives in now, that's the end of 2019, in terms of him being an effective president", senator Lindsey Graham, a confidante of the President, has said.

Trump confirmed that he privately told Democrats the shutdown could drag on for months or years, though he said he hoped it wouldn't last that long.

Ms Pelosi has not ruled out impeachment but has called it a "divisive activity" that needs support from both parties.

Republicans, meanwhile, sought to turn the tables on Democrats, claiming they aren't interested in getting things done.


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