Congress to push stop-gap funding bill with no border wall money

Congress to push stop-gap funding bill with no border wall money

White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's dejected supporters are finally realizing that despite the president's oft-repeated promises, they will not be getting their wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, indicated that Trump did not want to shut down the government and said the administration was looking at ways to find the money elsewhere.

As Axios's Stef Kight noted, "This is a much softer stance than President Trump's statement last week when he claimed he was "proud to shut down the government" over the border wall". It's also unclear how the trade deal would mean Mexico is paying for the wall. "We can not accept the offer they made of a billion-dollar slush fund for the President to implement his very wrong immigration policies", Pelosi said as she left a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Trump signaled he has little choice but to bow to reality and drop his $5 billion border barrier funding demand, tweeting that Democrats "fight to the death" on that and other issues. "He has a responsibility to keep the government moving forward and he has responsibility to get border security". Votes were uncertain there, but approval was expected before Friday's deadline, when federal funding for a portion of the government expires. A CR is a "continuing resolution" extending government funding.

Trump's anxiety about fulfilling his top campaign goal comes at the end of months of bitter debate inside the West Wing over how to fund the border wall between those seen as ideologues and those who consider themselves pragmatists. He insisted that "one way or the other, we will win on the Wall!". They had proposed keeping funding at current levels of US$1.3 billion (NZ$1.9 billion) for border security fencing and other improvements but not for the wall.

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats oppose Trump's border demands because the wall is "inefficient" and because Trump, as a candidate, promised that Mexico would pay for it, which Mexico has refused to do.

Democratic leaders immediately spurned the proposal.

But that has a big catch: the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to determine how taxpayer funds are spent, meaning lawmakers - including a Democratic-controlled House Appropriations Committee come January - would have to approve what's called a "reprogramming" request to repurpose funds allocated for other things.

President Donald Trump followed his Tuesday morning meltdown with Wednesday morning lies and what sounded like a nod to civil war.

"On this, they're walking away", Conway said in an interview on Fox News.

"Who would want to shut the government down?" he said.

About one-quarter of the government would be affected, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks.

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