Rep. Hoyer: Dems Could Sue If Trump Declares Nat'l Emergency on Border

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"We don't govern by temper tantrum", he said.

Schumer said the shutdown "ought to end now" and warned that federal workers could miss a paycheck without a speedy resolution to the impasse.

On Tuesday night, the president looked to make his case to the American public that illegal immigrants are bringing drugs and crime into the USA, demanding immediate action to erect barriers at the border and further increase technology to prevent illegal crossings. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans.

As Trump's speech and border visit were announced, newly empowered House Democrats - and at least a few Republican senators - stepped up pressure on GOP lawmakers to reopen the government without giving in to the president's demands The closure, which has lasted 17 days, is already the second-longest in history and would become the longest this weekend.

Many major television networks are planning to carry Democrats' rebuttal to President Donald Trump's national address Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, almost 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed. In fact, House Democrats passed legislation the day they took control of the House that offered $1.3 billion for border security.

"This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me", Trump said.

Over the weekend, the federal agency tasked with guaranteeing USA airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees missing work or calling in sick. "Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", they wrote in a joint statement released Monday night.

"You wanna negotiate on the wall?"

"The president needs to come to his senses and end this shutdown now", Schumer said. It was same old, same old.

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Trump is demanding Congress allocate $5.7 billion that would go toward construction of a physical barrier on the US border with Mexico in exchange for reopening the government.

"We have been negotiating", she said. "Pretty soon these goal posts won't even be in the stadium".

Leadership from both parties will join the president for their third meeting in the Situation Room later this afternoon.

Over the weekend, congressional staffers and the White House met multiple times in an effort to find common ground and reopen the government, but no progress was made.

"When asked by ABC News" Cecilia Vega why the president hasn't already declared a national emergency, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said it is "certainly still on the table".

"This whole border security crisis ... it really, I believe, is a manufactured crisis", he said, adding that it's distracting from issues like health care and education.

On Thursday, the president plans to make a trip to the U.S. - Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, to demonstrate the need for border security.

On Sunday, Trump said that "many of those people that won't be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree 100 percent with what I'm doing".

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