Trump Moves Towards Shutdown Over Wall Funding

Senate passes stop-gap funding bill in effort to avert government shutdown

The U.S. Senate has approved funds for several federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, to keep them operating through February 8 without the $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border that President Donald Trump had demanded.

Ryan, speaking alongside U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy outside the White House, said Trump wanted any spending agreement to secure the U.S. border.

Rank-and-file House Republicans left a closed-door meeting with their leaders giving conflicting views on whether Trump would sign into law the bill that would keep about 25 per cent of federal programs operating beyond midnight on Friday when existing money expires.

Eddie Scarry wrote an editorial for the Washington Examiner that blasted Trump for allowing his much-vaunted wall to be reduced to "steel slats".

The Trump administration says it's looking into whether it could use funds from various agencies to fund a wall, though Democrats say it cannot do that without permission from Congress.

Democrats and several of Trump's own Republicans have balked at money for a wall that the president argues would stop the illegal flow of immigrants and drugs into the United States.

Congress faces a Friday midnight deadline for averting a partial shutdown of the federal government because they can not agree a spending plan.

Senators passed the measure on voice vote Wednesday without a roll call. Urging him to veto, Trump's critics argue he will have even less leverage when Democrats take control of the House on January 3, and they worry that the unfilled pledge for a U.S. -Mexico border wall could hamper his re-election campaign.

Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh expressed similar dismay at the prospect of Trump conceding on the wall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Early Wednesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the president is considering a short-term border wall deal, but won't cave completely.

McConnell on Tuesday proposed to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer a plan that would provide $1.6 billion for border security in addition to $1 billion for Trump's immigration priorities.

Interested in Government Shutdown? Lawmakers could not find a way to meet that demand - or part of it - ahead of a Friday night deadline, so they chose to put off the border wall fight until February. Then it will have enough votes to pass a funding bill to send to the Republican-controlled Senate, leaving it up to Trump to decide whether to veto it.

Some congressional Republicans share Trump's frustration with the House leadership. At that point, his top campaign promise - the border wall - could read as his top presidential failure. The temporary measure offers just $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements.

On Twitter, the President made clear his disappointment with the lack of funding for his border wall. "I think they know that".

"We believe there's still time", he said.

The White House was not immediately available for comment.

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC that there has been strong opposition to using Defense Department dollars for border wall construction.

On Tuesday, the White House made it clear they wanted to stay away from a shutdown, as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there could be "other ways to get to that $5 billion", IJR Red reported.

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