US House Democrats have plan to fund government, but not a wall

Jan 02, 2019, 02:03
US House Democrats have plan to fund government, but not a wall

"For those that naively ask why didn't the Republicans get approval to build the Wall over the previous year, it is because IN THE SENATE WE NEED 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES, and they will gives us "NONE" for Border Security!" he tweeted. At the same time, the president struggled to find leverage to break the stalemate before the GOP's monopoly on Washington power ended.

"But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it."

The outgoing Republican House majority passed a bill with Trump's wall funds that was not passed by the Senate, where Democratic votes are necessary for such legislation.

Unwilling or unable to pick one objection to Trump's border wall proposal, they have panned it as "immoral, ineffective and expensive" as well as "fifth-century technology".

In one of the tweets on Monday, Trump reminded Democrats they have voted in favor of a border barrier twice before. The plan includes packaging six bipartisan full Senate appropriations bills together and then separately moving a stopgap measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security until February 8 - the bill at the core of the border wall fight.

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Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, previously said he does not believe Trump will agree to the Democrats' counteroffer of $1.3 billion that could be used for the border wall, stating he does not think the amount is "reasonable".

Syndicated columnist and author Michelle Malkin praised President Trump for standing strong on his demand for border wall funding.

"The biggest reaction still remains anxiety: When will this end?" said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, a Democrat whose Northern Virginia district is home to tens of thousands of federal workers.

"I am proud to shut down the government over border security", Trump said at the contentious meeting.

The top two incoming leaders of each party in both chambers were invited: Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin and Republicans Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Mitch McConnell and John Thune.

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Graham had also gone to the White House to complain about Trump's abrupt decision to declare victory over ISIS and remove US troops from Syria. The lawmakers were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation.

Meanwhile, House Democrats are unveiling legislation to re-open the government without money for President Donald Trump's border all. They need 60 votes to accomplish that objective, which would require some Democratic support. A prolonged crisis could hobble House Democrats' ability to launch their agenda, which included investigations of the president and oversight of his administration, including Russian interference in the election.

To retaliate over the Democrats' refusal to fund the wall, Trump is refusing to sign a wider spending package. I spent Christmas in the White House, I spent New Year's eve now in the White House, and I'm here. Graham said Trump was "open minded" about his proposal.

Disagreement over the funding has shut down a fourth of the federal government, with over 800,000 employees furloughed or a working without pay.

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