US Government Shutdown Likely as Trump Fights for Border Wall Funding

US Government Shutdown Likely as Trump Fights for Border Wall Funding

"The wall won't be resolved no matter what we do because we aren't going to do the wall", House Minority Whip Steny B. Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters.

"When you draw lines in the sand like this, it ends up haunting you in the future", the South Carolina Republican warned. "It wasn't just one group or one caucus; It was across the board", Walker said.

Trump appeared earlier in the week to shelve his shutdown threats after promising a fight over the wall, a project central to his presidential campaign. Other work has merely replaced existing barriers that had been deemed "ineffective", not added distance. The failed promise, they argued, could weaken turnout and leave him more vulnerable to challengers.

Trump had said he was willing to shut down the government to get his way, but had backed off Tuesday (December 18) saying he would look for other ways to find the money.

"Nor will, I think, most of his supporters". We're going to have that fight, but we're going to have that fight after the midterms.' You know what, Mr. Speaker?

Last week he said that a new trade deal his administration had negotiated with Mexico and Canada would generate enough savings to be equivalent to Mexico financing the wall.

An offer on behalf of Schumer's part to fund a border wall undermines the meme's notion that he's automatically ruled out the wall simply because Trump wants it.

When asked if the president should veto any stopgap funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, Meadows replied "yes".

'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, ' he tweeted.

So Schumer does not oppose funding construction of a border wall.

The president had little choice. At that point, Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker, Democrats will have the majority in the House, and no bill containing border wall funding will move through the House.

It remains unclear whether Trump would sign or veto the measure if the House approves it, but the Thursday statement signaled Trump may seek changes.

The problem, critics say, is that if a border wall deal isn't struck now, it may have no chance of passing in the next Congress, when Democrats control the House. And he said that Trump can't do so without lawmakers' permission.

The remaining six departments that wouldn't be closed - including the Defense Department - represent about three-quarters of discretionary spending and are funded through September 30 under legislation passed and signed by Trump earlier this year.

Their dismay is the latest in a series of conservatives coming out against Trump policies. Initially, in a meeting with Congressional Democrats, Trump threatened to take full responsibility for any government shutdown that resulted from a disagreement over border wall funding.

"The president is not softening his stance", Conway said on Fox News.

"We want smart, effective border security", Schumer said.

Former Trump campaign adviser Barry Bennett said it was too soon to panic.

Citing the United States massive expenditures on foreign wars, the president said "I am asking Congress to defend the border of our nation for a tiny fraction - a tiny fraction - of [their] cost".

Even if DHS were temporarily left without funding, though, it would not materially impact border security, because Border Patrol and ICE agents would nearly certainly still be required to report for work. "Their party will be so pro-illegal immigration that the choice will be enormous", he said.

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