Welch says Republicans in ‘disarray’ after Trump’s shutdown ‘curveball’

Welch says Republicans in ‘disarray’ after Trump’s shutdown ‘curveball’

But with no chance that the House-passed bill can garner 60 votes in the Senate, the two sides could face gridlock - and then a countdown to a partial government shutdown later on Friday night, which would impact about a quarter of the federal government, and an estimated 800,000 federal employees.

"I hope we don't, but we're totally prepared for a very long shutdown", Trump said to reporters at the White House.

Friday's voting dragged on as senators rushed back to town.

"We've got to stay here and get this job done and get border security passed", Walker said.

House Republicans also tacked on almost $8 billion in disaster aid for coastal hurricanes and California wildfires.

President Donald Trump issued a stern warning on Twitter Thursday morning, notifying Congress that he will not accept a budget bill that does not fund the border wall, and signaling his intent to veto a continuing resolution created to put off an immigration battle until at least next February.

In a series of 10 early-morning tweets on Friday, the President urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up the amended Bill from the House.

And Trump himself lashed out at Republican leaders on Twitter after speaking by telephone with Ryan.

Trump's comments came after an emergency meeting earlier Thursday at the White House with top House GOP leaders and several conservatives, including House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of OH, a former Freedom Caucus chairman.

That's because the bill next heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be dead on arrival due to opposition over the border wall money.

"I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has flawless Border Security", he continued, referring to Democrats. "Not for political purposes but for our country, for the safety of our community".

Federal agencies affected: About 75% of the government's funding has already been approved.

Before Thursday's meeting at the White House, Trump blamed Democrats for Congress' failure to approve funding for the wall, although some Republicans also oppose it.

Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are covered for the year and would continue to operate as usual.

The Republican president met senators from his own party beforehand at the White House. The wall was a signature campaign promise for Mr. Trump, a slogan and a rallying cry for his supporters.

The US Postal Service, which is delivering millions of packages before Christmas, will also be unaffected as it is an independent agency.

Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had endured complaints during a private morning meeting earlier Thursday from rank-and-file Republicans in the Capitol that they were closing out their majority without a fight on a major issue. He voted on February 15 for a Trump-backed, Sen.

Trump has bent to conservative pressure and overruled many advisers by backing away from a stopgap bill without the wall money that would have averted the looming shutdown.

At the White House, senators engaged in a lengthy back-and-forth with the president, but it did not appear to set a strategy for moving forward.

Last week, Trump made it clear that he is the one responsible if the government does shut down.

Pelosi, however, argued during a press conference on Thursday that the situation was descending into a "meltdown" among Republicans.

The "big lovely wall" has now become "steel slats".

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