Trump balks at government funding bill, raising shutdown fears

Posted December 21, 2018

House Republicans had serious concerns over funding and the wall but want to keep the government open, Ryan said ahead of Friday's midnight deadline.

But that outcome is not assured and is not the same as his campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, which the country has refused to do. Meadows said it will become more hard to win the money next year when Democrats control the House.

In reality, about two-thirds of the federal government is already funded through a budget deal reached earlier in the year, so a partial shutdown would not affect most federal employees, including those serving in the armed forces.

Ann Coulter, the high-profile media commentator who had been a vocal supporter, said if Mr Trump didn't get funding for the wall his presidency would be a "joke".

The president's allies expressed anxiety Wednesday that Trump was, in the words of some, "caving" on the wall and warned of the potential backlash from his supporters and the impact it could have on his 2020 re-election effort. The California Republican says: "I think you'll find that we'll be able to move forward".

Republicans in the House of Representatives were scrambling to try to amend a Senate-passed bill to appease Trump after he said he would not sign the legislation.

"I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership", Trump tweeted shortly after calling Ryan during a morning meeting of House Republicans.

Collins was already headed to the airport to return home to ME and wait for the drama to play out, when word came, via House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had met with Trump, that a government shutdown now seemed more likely. "They can not do it on their own and the House and Senate will not approve a wall from reprogrammed funds or anything else".

Meanwhile, Trump administration officials were looking for ways to build the wall, which the president initially had pledged Mexico would pay for, by reassigning money already doled out to US agencies for other projects.

Trump is hardly the first president to be confronted with the challenges of passing a legislative priority through Congress, but the lack of progress on an issue so closely identified with his bid for the White House may prove to be a costly failure.

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

Senators late Wednesday approved by voice vote a measure that keeps the government funded to February 8.

After obstruction by the Democrats, Trump suggested again that he may consider using the US military to build the wall along the southern border. It passed a bill to fund the Department of Defense and passed a short-term CR and said, 'You know what?

"There is no way this gets any better next year", said House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows. A person familiar with negotiations tells The Associated Press that the White House would prefer a longer-term package. Last week, the president said he would be "proud" to close parts of the government if lawmakers did not approve funding for the barrier.

The Senate's short-term spending bill, H.R. 695, would also temporarily extend several programs otherwise scheduled to expire, including the national flood insurance program and EB-5 investor visas.

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.

In 2013, Schumer voted for the so-called "Gang of Eight" amnesty bill, which also contained funding for construction of a wall.