Will Trump trigger shutdown or not? Border wall demand sows confusion
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 03, 2018,
Aug 03, 2018, 6:06
"I don't care what the political ramifications are", Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday. It's time we had proper border security. In recent days Mr. Trump has been warning that he will accept a shutdown when government funding expires on September 30 unless Congress toughens the nation's immigration laws and comes up with more money for a wall on the Mexican border.
For now, congressional Republicans plan to send Trump as many spending bills as they can approve and hope that Trump's shutdown threats - to the extent they're real - are focused on a fight with Democrats after the elections, not before.
The Senate, which canceled most of its August recess in part to debate spending bills, is poised this week to pass a package of bills funding the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Treasury, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.
Trump raised the idea on Sunday, writing in a tweet that "I would be willing to "shut down" government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!"
"We're trying to go through a normal appropriations process that prevents a big event at the end of the fiscal year, which has become all too common around here", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"We are going to have tremendous border security that will include the wall".
McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly thought they'd settled on an understanding with the president not to beat the shutdown drum ahead of November, but after the latest Twitter eruptions, a second round of discussions was arranged.
Pesident Donald Trump is "begging" for Congress to "step up" and fix the nation's "broken" immigration system, and is less concerned about shutting down the federal government before or after the midterm elections in that quest, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday. Trump has reignited his fight with Congress over funding for a Southern border wall with Mexico.
The notion of a government shutdown was criticized by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby. The House is now in recess, and congressmen will return after Labor Day.
The Senate wrote its Homeland Security funding bill to the original $1.6 billion level, while the House has allocated $5 billion in its version. Because Trump's wall was funded during the current fiscal year, it would continue for the length of the extension.
"Many of us in the capital region felt the only leverage we had to protect the dreamers. was to vote no on the appropriations bill to keep the government open", Beyer said, referring to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as infants or children.