Democrats commit to securing Trump tax returns

Trump back to combative self after appeal for compromise

Participants said they expect money for physical barriers to end up well below the $5.7 billion that Trump has sought to begin construction of the wall, which has attained iconic significance for him and his conservative supporters.

During a television interview Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Trump's warning shows that "he's scared".

McConnell's tactic could remove a significant hurdle confronting the talks.

Winning control of the House in November allows them to open an investigative assault on the White House in the same way that - contrary to Trump's claim - Republicans laid siege to former president Barack Obama.

An agreement would also avert a new partial federal shutdown next weekend. That closure ended January 25, and during it McConnell insisted that Trump's buy-in would be needed before any agreement could be reached. Underscoring the clout he's lost during a battle that's dominated the opening weeks of divided government, the amount seems sure to fall much closer to $1.6 billion, the participants said, a figure that was in a bipartisan Senate bill a year ago. But the momentum was clearly toward clinching an agreement that Congress could pass by next Friday.

Trump's tone implies wrongdoing, but what he calls "presidential harassment" is known to most as "congressional oversight", an integral part of the United States' system of checks and balances.

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"I don't think it'll make the final package", he said. If he doesn't agree to a deal reached by bipartisan negotiators, the GOP-led Senate is unlikely to go along with it.

The hearing before a House Ways and Means subcommittee panel will focus on a provision in the Democrats' sweeping ethics reform legislation - H.R. 1 - that requires future presidential candidates and the President to release 10 years of tax returns.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a negotiator, said both sides are showing flexibility. So until we see the details, we're still all just speculating.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Tennessee Republican on the conference committee who touted progress on the talks to reporters on Friday, said GOP conferees are pushing to get the number above $2 billion. "We need to get that as soon as possible now that we have the opportunity to do it, and it ought to be at the top of the list".

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to remarks by guests before signing a National Security Presidential Memorandum in the Oval Office February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. "We'll see what happens", he said. "I think it might be all of that", Shelby told reporters. A majority vote from the committee would be required to publicly release the returns, if obtained. But the White House could win something larger than the $1.6 billion for border barriers Democrats had previously offered as part of a bipartisan Senate bill past year. As always, though, the question is where the President stands on all of this, what kind of deal he'd be willing to accept, and whether or not he'd end up going back on his word if it turns out that the base, especially people like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and the Fox News Channel crowd, accuses him of caving to the Democrats.

"We will not surrender our constitutional responsibility of oversight", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

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"That's not my problem".

"This is the next battle for out democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for out county", she said, in reference to the Democratic bill.

Trump's address omitted any references to a renewed government shutdown or his oft-repeated threat to declare a national emergency if Congress fails to craft a deal he supports.

Republican negotiators are in favor of both more barrier funding and expanded detention centers.

"This is about more than a barrier", Graham said.

Also in the mix is a key element of the Democratic proposal: $500 million in money to upgrade facilities at the border so the conditions are more humane and medically safer for asylum-seeking families and children.

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