Lowey: Meeting with Trump 'got nowhere'

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Westchester Rep. Nita Lowey (D) is weighing in on the federal government shutdown, now stretching into its third week.

Lowey is now chairwoman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, and in control of the purse strings.

President Donald Trump is standing firm on his demand for nearly $6 billion to build a border wall, but Lowey says there is no crisis at the border and that Trump will not be getting money for a wall.

As the shutdown drags on, Lowey says she's been getting calls from concerned constituents.

Rep. Lowey says her Appropriations staff met with officials from the White House over the weekend to discuss the shutdown, but got nowhere.

Democrats are now vowing to pressure lawmakers to pass individual bills to reopen closed federal agencies as the shutdown continues with no end in sight.

"To be optimistic with a president who governs by tweets, governs by talk show, makes it very difficult for serious legislators like myself to predict anything that could happen,” she says.

President Trump plans to address the nation Tuesday night before visiting the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday.

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