Twitter Predicts Imminent Shutdown After Trump Nixes Funding Deal: ‘Strap In, Folks’

by Garry Watts December 21, 2018, 1:13
Twitter Predicts Imminent Shutdown After Trump Nixes Funding Deal: ‘Strap In, Folks’

Senators passed the measure by voice vote at around 10 p.m. on December 19. It goes next to the House.

One more point to clarify: Schumer in January 2018 said he offered to back funding for Trump's border wall in exchange for a broader immigration package that included a deal for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants living in the country illegally.

The night before, he said that failing to veto the measure would cause "major damage" to Trump's re-election prospects.

Should the legislation become law, the border money fight would drag into the next Congress, which could prove even more hard for Trump.

Without resolution, more than 800,000 federal workers would face a leave of absence or be forced to work without pay, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.

While the Senate was busy passing a bill to keep the government open, Fox and Friends were busy calling out the president for caving to Congress for agreeing to sign a bill that didn't include his "boarder" wall.

But with opposition to Trump's wall too high of a hurdle, the Republican-controlled Senate defied the president by refusing to give him any of the $5 billion he demanded to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

In a last-ditch attempt to resolve the impasse this year, McConnell on Tuesday proposed giving Trump a $1 billion fund that he could use at his discretion for border security.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has urged Trump to ignore the calls of his allies in the House, arguing that shutting down the government "will not convince a single Democrat to support bilking the American taxpayer for an ineffective, unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive wall".

Failure to do so would trigger partial government shutdowns on Saturday.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund expired on September 30, and they have been trying to extend it, but no agreement was reached and talks will continue.

Stark retreat for Republicans on spending, Trump's wall
On Twitter, Trump appeared to respond to criticism that he was retreating. "One way or the other, we will win on the Wall! ". Trump has still not indicated if he will compromise with lawmakers to keep the government operating.

"This is a missed opportunity to pass full-year funding bills now", Pelosi said in a statement. But a partial shutdown would occur at midnight Friday on the remaining one-fourth of the government.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on the bill Wednesday.

Republican leaders had hoped to easily approve the spending measure to avoid a last-minute panic over spending.

Schumer called shutting down the government over Christmas "a awful idea, one of the worst to come down the pike in a very long time".

"What I've been a little relieved about is the Democrats really digging in on it because I was nervous about what the Republican leadership was trying to pass", said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, who is in regular discussions with the administration. He calls it "a simple measure" to show that Republicans are governing.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Trump believes the Senate-approved measure, which would fund nine government agencies until early February, "is just kicking the can down the road".

"This was our chance and we have blown it, unless the president were to veto it", said Huckabee. Lawmakers had been at a standstill over the president's demands for $5 billion to fund the border wall.

The White House has worked on various plans that include providing citizenship for almost 2 million undocumented immigrants to enforcement specific efforts that fund the wall, restrict asylum and cut legal immigration.

In the Senate, the threshold of 60 votes appears impossible, given Democrats' unified objection to a border wall that could end up costing $70 billion to build and $150 million annually to maintain, according to Democrats' estimates.

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.

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