Trump lashes out as House struggles with avoiding shutdown
- Author: Darren Santiago Dec 21, 2018,
Dec 21, 2018, 2:29
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter Thursday he would not sign any bill that does not include the wall, which was one of his signature campaign promises. "We're going to have that fight, but we're going to have that fight after the midterms, '" Meadows said on the House floor.
"We've got to stay here and get this job done and get border security passed", Walker said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the measure will fund normal government operations at current levels through February 8 - bringing Washington a step closer to avoiding a potentially crippling closure of some federal offices over the Christmas holiday. Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
McConnell, on the other hand, lashed out at Democrats for failing to give Trump any of the $5 billion that he wanted for the wall.
Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY have made it clear they will not support money for Trump's wall.
"Republicans are in a state of disarray", said House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi.
"This is a missed opportunity to pass full-year funding bills now", she said.
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And that puts Trump in a precarious position going up against attacks from at least thirty Democratic contenders, and potentially several Republican insurgents, all seeking the presidential nomination. Analysts say the Trump administration can use money from the Defense Department's counternarcotics funding, which now amounts to just over $500 million.
During a meeting earlier Tuesday on Capitol Hill, McConnell had proposed $1.6 billion for border fencing, as outlined in a bipartisan Senate bill, plus an additional $1 billion that Trump could use on the border, according to a senior Democratic aide unauthorized to speak about the private meeting.
"The president is looking at the CR and I will allow him to make the announcements on whether he's signing it or when he signs it, but don't ever bet against Donald Trump and don't ever think that he is backing down or becoming wishy-washy on a central promise to have border security and to build that wall", Conway said.
House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News late Wednesday that "the political fallout will start" soon and that Trump risks doing "major damage" to his re-election effort in 2020.
The president's conservative backers insist that Trump should not back down from his demand for US$5 billion (NZ$7.4 billion) from Congress.
The six-week deal would temporarily break an impasse over spending and border security, as Democrats and Republicans continue to clash over immigration. "We have to have a wall", he continued. Democrats say they'll also split their early debates into two if need be, although in their case, the candidate placement would be randomly decided, according to DNC Chairman Tom Perez. We want a secure border. We'll support him. The time to act is now.
The House will likely take up the vote sometime Thursday. Departments already funded will not be affected. Ryan had promised a "big fight" after the midterm elections, but as Republicans lost House control, negotiations over the year-end spending bill have largely been between Trump and Democrats.
The Senate has passed a stop-gap spending bill, which is a key first step in averting a government shutdown.