The Latest: 7 Democrats visit White House to talk to Trump | The News Tribune

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The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Seven - Lawmakers - Freshmen - White - House

Seven Democratic lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen, have arrived at the White House ready to ask President Donald Trump to reopen the government while talks continue over border security.

It's the first group of rank-and-file Democrats to meet with Trump during the shutdown, which stretched into its 26th day Wednesday. The White House has been trying to peel lawmakers away from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see), but invitations to Democrats earlier this week were declined.

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Those arriving Wednesday for the midday meeting in the Situation Room included five freshmen, several of whom did not back Pelosi as speaker. They represent areas where Trump remains popular. They're from a bipartisan group called the Problem Solvers Caucus.

Ahead - Meeting - Agreement - Government - Possibility

Ahead of the meeting they wrote there is "strong agreement that if we reopen the government, the possibility exists to work together and find common ground."

Trump is seeking $5.7 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but Pelosi opposes the wall.

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12:10 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is temporarily reopening an agency that provides resources to farmers and ranchers.

Agriculture - Secretary - Sonny - Perdue - Wednesday

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday the department has called back 2,500 employees to reopen Farm Service Agency offices on Thursday, Friday and next Tuesday to process existing farm loans and provide tax documents. The office will not process any new applications for loans or trade aid payments.

Perdue says the USDA is examining its "legal authorities" to ensure it's providing services to its customers during the partial government shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history.

USDA - Week - Feeding - Programs - Nutrition

The USDA last week announced its feeding programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will...
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