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Struggle in House on bill to avoid looming federal shutdown

Struggle in House on bill to avoid looming federal shutdown

"The Democrats, who know Steel Slats (Wall) are necessary for Border Security, are putting politics over Country". "Now, they need to be looking ahead and realize if you capitulate on this, because Americans, not just Republicans, Americans overall accept we ought to secure the border".

If approved by the House and signed by Trump, the measure would force a newly-seated Congress to begin 2019 facing yet another in a series of budget and border security fights.

Leaders of both parties have indicated that they would be open to passing infrastructure legislation - with caveats.

President Donald Trump informed GOP leadership that he will not sign a continuing resolution passed by the Senate late Wednesday because it does not contain funding for his proposed wall along US southern border, House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed at the White House Thursday afternoon.

Late Wednesday, the Senate passed a measure to extend current levels of government spending until February 8, buying lawmakers time to enjoy the holidays and a few more weeks to negotiate a long-term deal.

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

No one has been able to convince the President that the Republican-led House and Republican-led Senate will not sign-off on his border wall.

Without a resolution, more than 800,000 government workers could be furloughed or sent to work without pay beginning at midnight Friday, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.

OH congressman Jim Jordan noted in exasperation that plans to build a wall will only get more hard from next month once Democrats become the majority in the House.

We're about to see who was right, Trump or Pelosi. A person familiar with negotiations tells The Associated Press that the White House would prefer a longer-term package.

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The president's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Tuesday that Trump would consider other options than demanding $5 billion for the border wall. "We're going to go back and work on adding border security to this".

Questioning White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade said the president has "no leverage", while co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked why Trump was "softening" his position. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the group, said Trump should veto the funding bill if it passes.

The post contains a photo of Schumer and a mock first-person confession revealing the Senate minority leader's partisan reason for the apparent policy pivot. Come 2020, they may well still be chanting for Trump to make good on his signature campaign promise as prospects dim for him to deliver on a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The stopgap measure, though, doesn't include new funding for a border wall - something Democrats have opposed.

Fears of a shutdown, adding to other concerns, sent U.S. stocks tumbling, with the Dow shedding about two per cent. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise later said the House aims to add $5 billion in wall money, as well as disaster relief funding, to the Senate-passed measure, according to Reuters.

If it passes, it's not even clear the Senate would take it up.

More importantly, the border fencing Schumer backed in 2013 is different than how Trump has described his border wall.

The President has been unusually quiet about the issue on Wednesday, holding his tongue as some conservative commentators and lawmakers blast him for abandoning his commitment.

With less than 35 hours until a partial government shutdown, the President's demands set into motion a scramble on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress are eager to leave Washington for the holidays.

Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are covered for the year and would continue to operate as usual.

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