US Government Shutdown Likely as Trump Fights for Border Wall Funding
Dec 21, 2018, 01:15
House Speaker Paul Ryan says after leaving a meeting with Trump at the White House that he and other leaders are going to go back to Capitol Hill to "work on adding border security" to the legislation.
And conservatives have always been concerned that Trump would strike a deal to provide legalization in order to claim victory check off his signature campaign promise.
But he did make clear he will continue to push for the wall funding when the next Congress convenes after a holiday break that will start for lawmakers Thursday and him on Friday.
All this comes a week after the President said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government, so delaying the funding fight until Democrats retake the House next year is a fairly clear concession - and a risky one.
Congress faces a Friday deadline to fund a portion of the government or risk a partial shutdown.
Despite opposition from the Freedom Caucus, however, the House should still have the votes to still pass the continuing resolution, assuming most, if not all, Democrats support it, since it has Pelosi's blessing. Lawmakers have been at a standstill over President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to fund the border wall.
That changed again on Thursday after Mr Trump faced severe criticism from some of his most ardent supporters, who accused him of "caving". "We're about to lose the majority and we've made promises that haven't been kept", Womack said.
The president fired off a tweet, expressing frustrations that GOP leaders promised he'd get border wall funding the last time Trump was cornered into signing a continuing resolution.
Meadows said that Congress failed in the first two years of Trump's presidency to keep Republican promises on border security and the wall.
Failure to do so would trigger partial government shutdowns on Saturday. "They can not do it on their own and the House and Senate will not approve a wall", he said. "U.S.A. WINS!" Trump tweeted this morning.
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These groups have always been concerned that Trump's political interests of fulfilling a campaign promise to build the wall might be prioritized over other more important enforcement priorities.
"In 2014, I helped put together and signed a $25 billion deal to fund a border wall", reads the post from a group called The Right View Of Washington State.
"What I've been a little relieved about is the Democrats really digging in on it because I was nervous about what the Republican leadership was trying to pass", said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, who is in regular discussions with the administration.
Passage in the House would send the legislation to the White House.
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"If I were in her shoes, I would rather not be dealing with this year's business next year", McConnell said.
Schumer said Wednesday that Democrats prefer to find a way to fund all government agencies through September 30, but will support a plan by Senate Republicans for a stopgap measure to continue funding the government until February 8.
Right-wing columnist Ann Coulter - author of In Trump We trust - recently opined that the president will not be re-elected without a wall. "It will go up fast and save us BILLIONS of dollars a month once completed!"
"Democrats earlier proposed keeping funding at $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements, but not for the wall".
In 2013, Schumer voted for the so-called "Gang of Eight" amnesty bill, which also contained funding for construction of a wall.
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