Congress on verge of approving temporary spending bill to avert government shutdown

President Donald Trump

He also lashed out at Democrats: "I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has ideal Border Security". Mr. Trump, in a meeting last week with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and presumptive incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said he would be "proud" to shut down the government over the border. McCarthy said that if the House passed a bill with border funds and the Senate stripped the money back out, "the president wouldn't sign it". 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. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that Trump doesn't want to shut down the government and said the administration was looking at ways to find the money elsewhere.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor Wednesday that he would be introducing a short-term bill that would fund the government through February 8. That measure, though, did not include any funding for the border wall, and so far, only around $1.6 billion has been allocated for President Trump's signature anti-immigration measure - enough to fix and rebuild only around 33 miles of border fence.

President Trump put the current government funding bill on hold Thursday morning just one day ahead of a government shutdown deadline Friday night.

As of lunchtime Thursday, Capitol Hill was still in chaos over an impending government shutdown unless Trump abandons his demand for border wall funding. While she expressed openness to additional funds for issues like disaster aid, she said wall funding would be a dealbreaker for Democrats.

The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, signaled on the floor Wednesday morning that his caucus will support the stopgap measure.

"If I were in her shoes, I would rather not be dealing with this year's business next year", McConnell said.

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

It does not provide $5 billion Trump wanted for the wall.

Trump already has lashed out at GOP leaders in Congress over the lack of wall funding in a short-term spending bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Conservatives argue that House Republican leadership has backed down on a wall fight at least three times this year - and demanded that the Republican majority make a stand this time.

Ryan - who has been busy giving a series of farewell speeches in recent weeks as he plans to leave office - canceled a scheduled press conference before he and other House GOP leaders were summoned to the White House. "The president many months ago said he wouldn't sign another funding bill unless we gave him wall funding".

"The other side doesn't even need a border", he said. And he said that Trump can't do so without lawmakers' signoff. We want a secure border. They say he will have even less leverage when Democrats take control of the House on January 3.

At issue in the standoff is money for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.

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