Food stamps and housing assistance are also at risk.
Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of IL said the President's speech was "completely inconsistent with reality", arguing it's something he would expect to hear at a rally, not in the Oval Office. Three recent polls showed about half of Americans blame Trump for the shutdown, up 4 percentage points from when the impasse began in December.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Trump's decision to shut down the government over the wall "just plain wrong" in a televised response to the president's address. Scott Tipton and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith, introduced legislation that would require federal workers be paid during the partial shutdown. Two GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), and Cory Gardner (Colo.) said they would vote on the legislation approved by the House. But he says border-security experts have urged more reliance on technological surveillance and increased border staffing, rather than a sea-to-sea wall constructed over rugged terrain. "We could reopen much of government where there's no dispute over issues involving certain department like (agriculture), transportation, housing, and interior". Trump responded by telling the caucus to remain unified, she said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) failed in his first significant legislative test of 2019, on January 8, coming up three votes short of the 60 needed to take up debate on Middle East policy proposals instead of Democratic bills to end the government shutdown. A deal with the White House, he said late last month, "should not be an impossible feat, given that Democrats have voted in the past for a wall".
Despite the dissent, most Republicans continued to back the president. "Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong.' This, it seems, is now also the position of a number of Democrats", Harsanyi charged. "Let's get our priorities right", the senator continued. OMB is crafting guidance to make the change from past administrations' shutdown policies, he said.
"He seemed very resolute", said Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin.
The bill would authorize substantial increases in aid to Israel created to enhance Israel's ability to defend itself and keep predatory Arab states from seeking to gobble up their neighbors; facilitate all manner of cooperation between the US and Israel vis-à-vis anti-drone technologies, cyber security, and space warfare; and authorize the president to increase the number of USA precision-guided munitions stockpiled in Israel for potential use in a war with Hezbollah.
And in the Capitol, there did not appear to be any serious negotiating going on.
If Democrats do block other legislation, Republicans may well accuse Senate Democrats of taking hostages themselves. "Or maybe they're just making it up as they go along".
"This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice", Trump said. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey also broke with his party to vote with Republicans.
"If they are working to protect America, they should be getting their paychecks on time".