US Senate approves stopgap averting shutdown but denying Trump wall funds

Dec 21, 2018, 02:32
US Senate approves stopgap averting shutdown but denying Trump wall funds

During a meeting with incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer last week, President Trump said he would shut the government down if he doesn't receive funding for the wall.

A CR is a "continuing resolution" extending government funding.

The development comes as Trump is reportedly scrambling with last-ditch efforts to get money for his wall, even though he might not have the leverage or the Congressional support to make it happen.

"In our Country, so much money has been poured down the drain, for so many years, but when it comes to Border Security and the Military, the Democrats fight to the death", Trump said in a December 19 tweet. Democratic lawmakers say they support the kind of fencing that already is along parts of the U.S. -Mexico border but oppose the kind of concrete and steel wall Trump campaigned on in 2016; the president and his top homeland security advisers have, at times, talked about fencing in certain areas.

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer labeled that a "slush fund" that would lack the votes to pass Congress. Instead, it funds border security and other agencies at current levels through February 8. McCarthy said that if the House passed a bill with border funds and the Senate stripped the money back out, "the president wouldn't sign it".

The turn of events kick-started negotiations that had been nearly nonexistent since last week's televised meeting at the White House, when Trump neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats' offer. "I am a definitely a "no" on the Senate bill without the border funds, Scott said.

The chances of averting a partial government shutdown come Friday at midnight suddenly became more likely on Thursday. Meadows and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, two of the House's most conservative members, are among the Republican leaders going to a midday White House meeting.

McConnell, on the other hand, lashed out at Democrats for failing to give Trump any of the $5 billion that he wanted for the wall.

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The North Carolina Republican said one member who hadn't spoken in the conference in eight years stood up to speak Thursday and that Rep. Virginia Foxx's husband called her from back home to say you've got to get the wall done. "I encourage the Senate to continue working to resolve our differences so we may move on to the important issues we have ahead of us in the new year". "Wall funding is a non-starter".

Conservatives along with President Donald Trump continued to demand new money for a border wall in the legislation, complicating the House passage of a bill approved by the Senate the night before. We want a secure border.

On March 23, Trump signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that included $641 million for a 33-mile stretch of border fence, but not for a wall. "We've got to actually fight", he said, accusing Senate Republicans of trying to "kick the problem down the road" again on border security.

Days of impasse over funding for a southern border wall appears to have ended with President Donald Trump signaling he's open to a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown.

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By postponing longer-term decisions on spending for agencies that also include the departments of Justice, Commerce, Interior and Agriculture, Democrats will be in a somewhat stronger bargaining position next year when they take majority control of the House.

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