Looks Like Trump Will Give America a Government Shutdown for Christmas

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Trump says in a tweet that when he "begrudgingly" signed an earlier spending bill, he was "promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership".

The Senate has been called back into session to consider a package approved by House Republicans late Thursday that includes the $5.7 billion Trump wants for the border with Mexico.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, which opposes any budget bill without the wall funding, tweeted Wednesday that "punting" the issue with a continuing resolution until February 8, "not only gives Democrats a Christmas present, it offers them a Valentine's Day gift". Congress had been on track to fund the government but lurched Thursday when Trump, after a rare lashing from conservative supporters, declared he would not sign a bill without the funding.

"To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall", Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said in a December 12 statement. Conway said the president will "find the money one way or another". "Wall funding is a nonstarter". Rush Limbaugh was similarly frustrated, saying per The Hill that if Trump signs the stopgap spending bill, he "gets nothing and the Democrats get everything".

Trump had been directing his ire at Democrats, tweeting that they were "putting politics over country".


Just last week, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the wall.

Democrats and many Republicans have challenged the wisdom of giving Trump $5 billion this year to build a wall - which carries an estimated $24 billion price tag - that they argue would be less effective in securing the border than building on a mix of tools already in place. Many Republicans say it's up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal. That message clashed with criticism from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, which had nothing to do with the wall's appearance.

"If we don't stand strong for our national borders, then we cease to be a nation and we betray our commitment to the loyal citizens of our great country", the president said.

If there's no deal, there could be a partial shutdown at the end of Friday.

The measure if passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump would prevent a partial shutdown set to begin Saturday and would fund government departments and agencies through February 8.


Republicans also defeated Mrs. Pelosi's effort to fund the government all the way through September 30, the end of fiscal year 2019, and said the only option left was for Democrats to accept border security.

McConnell blamed the outcome on Democrats after they turned down a GOP offer yesterday that would have provided US$1.6 billion for border barriers and another US$1 billion for Trump to spend on other immigration priorities.

Following the House's vote on Thursday night, Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said, "I now urge the Senate to pass this continuing resolution and prevent a government shutdown". "In the meantime, we'll see what the Senate does, and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that front". The nuance could provide Trump a way to try to proclaim victory since the Senate bill includes money for fencing, but not the wall.

Fox News' Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this Fox News report, which is used by permission. Funding now expires at midnight on Friday.

Trump still must sign a funding bill into law to avert a shutdown of some government agencies.


Trump appears to be doing everything he can to get funding for the centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign. While the White House has indicated that Trump is open to reviewing whatever Congress passes, the president hasn't weighed in on the stopgap measure.

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