White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

Senator Susan Collins said a government shutdown must be prevented in the dispute over funding President Trump's proposed wall on the USA border with Mexico, even as top Senate Democrats said that's now up to the president.

"We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration", Miller told CBS Sunday talk show "Face the Nation".

The White House has been insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties.

The Republican president has been unable to open legislative purse strings for the project, even with his party controlling both the Senate and House of Representatives for almost two years.

There are still seven spending bills that need to be passed and funding is set to expire on December 21 for the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the Interior Department, the State Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other parts of the government. "There is absolutely no reason for them to cut a deal with this president", said Jim Manley, a political strategist and former Senate Democratic leadership aide.

"The Democrat Party has a simple choice, they can either choose to fight for America's working class or to promote illegal immigration", Miller argued.

A government in such disarray might not play well for Republicans over the holiday period, especially if Americans also view images for two weeks of Trump vacationing at his exclusive Florida beach-front mansion.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who is in line to become the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, said suggested a stopgap bill could be one way to resolve the issue or a longer-term bill that includes money for border security. "He will not get a wall", Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

The GOP would love to get those new, vulnerable Democrats on the record opposing a wall, but how a vote would be engineered is unclear.

Schlapp claimed the president is not only pursuing more funding for the wall, but also other areas of border security. If the president wants to debate the wall next year he can. Now, we Democrats, Leader Pelosi and I, offered the president two options as to how to avoid the shutdown.

In a new shutdown, about 380,000 federal workers could be furloughed.

For twenty minutes, Pelosi and Schumer sparred with Trump on camera, emphasizing their long-stated position that he can not have his border wall funding. "I don't think he will, but for the good of this country, I hope he does", he said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".

In short, shutting down the government is a self-inflicted and self-defeating move, particularly to the side that seizes ownership of the shutdown before it happens. I will take the mantle of shutting down'. I will be the one to shut it down.

The Democrats are appalled that Trump threatened to shut down the government if he doesn't get his wall, but Miller repeated the threat.

"I'm not going to negotiate the details on air with you right now", he told Brennan.

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