Nancy Pelosi chides Senate GOP for kowtowing to Trump on the wall. Some Senate Republicans seem to agree.

Sen. Mitch McConnell is protecting Trump
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House Democrats, with support from seven Republicans, voted to end the partial government shutdown Thursday night by funding the shuttered agencies without any money for President Trump's border wall. Trump said he wouldn't sign the bills without $5 billion for the wall, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reiterated that he won't force Trump to use his veto. "The Senate will not take up any proposal that does not have a real chance of passing this chamber and getting a presidential signature," he said on the Senate floor. He called the House bills "political statements rather than serious solutions."

New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reminded McConnell that Congress doesn't work for the president. "What we're asking the Republicans in the Senate to do is to take 'yes' for an answer," she said. "We are sending them back exactly, word for word, what they have passed. ... Did they not hear about the coequal branch of government, and that we the Congress send the president legislation and he can choose to sign or not?" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) piled on. "The power to end the shutdown is in two people's hands: Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell," he told reporters. "They both should try"

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.