The rally, announced Wednesday morning, February 6, provides Trump with an opportunity to make a public case before a friendly audience for his long-promised border wall - a demand that led to the 35-day shutdown that ended January 25.
In the big speech, Mr. Trump pointed to El Paso as proof that walls work, saying a border fence tamed a city that used to be one of the country's most risky places.
"His fear mongering and lies have hurt our border economy and community - one of the safest cities in America, even before the wall". "We're looking at all of them".
El Paso's Democratic sheriff, Richard Wiles, disagreed with Trump's claim that the wall stopped crime in the city.
He led the House chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump.
Donald Trump used his address to again demand border wall funding. A barrage of footwear hit Trump's image when he said, "Walls save lives". Pelosi and Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer refused to give in to his demand and offered only $1.6 billion in border security funding, with the stipulation that no funding could be used for new construction on a wall.
"I am asking you to defend our very risky southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country", he said.
In January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, made the same argument that Trump made last night: that enhanced fencing lowered El Paso's crime rate.
In a statement Wednesday, Michael Glassner, chief operating officer for Trump's reelection campaign, said that El Paso was chosen as a rally site to highlight the president's message. By 2010, El Paso's murder rate had dropped to 0.9 for every 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 4.8.
"El Paso is safe due to its people, the good community relations with law enforcement, and the trust of all communities in our local institutions", Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, said in a statement.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expressed confidence Thursday that the committee, which includes experienced members of congressional appropriations committee, could reach a deal.
Turning to foreign policy, another area where Republicans have increasingly been willing to distance themselves from the president, Trump defended his decisions to withdraw USA troops from Syria and Afghanistan. "They don't rule out barriers, they don't rule out fences".
But Republican Sen. Richard Shelby said the officials suggested a three-pronged approach using barriers, technology and personnel and said the closed-door session was constructive. "We're talking about substance", Shelby said.
In San Diego, high school teacher Stacy Salazar, whose students are primarily Hispanic and low-income, was appalled that Trump wanted to spend billions on walls when her school could not afford basic supplies.