Huckabee Calls on Trump to 'Dig In' on Border Security

Huckabee Calls on Trump to 'Dig In' on Border Security

Huckabee Calls on Trump to 'Dig In' on Border Security

"I will be the one to shut it down, I'm not going to blame you for it".

Earlier Thursday, a Twitter posting by Trump deepened doubts about the stopgap bill's fate.

The third-ranking House Republican says the GOP majority will try to add that money along with disaster aid for hurricane and wildfire victims. Some members who lost their re-election bids are not in Washington, making it unclear whether the party could pass the funding hike.

"I don't know anybody that's ready to vote for this", he said.

Confusion swept across Capitol Hill Thursday morning as Republicans faced stiff opposition over a short-term spending bill needed to avert a partial government shutdown. "It will go up fast and save us BILLIONS of dollars a month once completed!"

The Senate late Wednesday approved a stopgap spending measure that will keep the government open until February without President Trump's requested $5 billion for a border wall. Initially, in a meeting with Congressional Democrats, Trump threatened to take full responsibility for any government shutdown that resulted from a disagreement over border wall funding.

Schumer's office insisted a border fence is very different from Trump's promised wall.

"When House Democrats assume control in two weeks, my primary focus will be to pass reasonable spending legislation that does not fund President Trump's wasteful wall", said Rep. Nita Lowey, a Democrat from NY who in 2019 will chair the House appropriations committee, which writes government funding legislation.

Throughout Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, "Build the wall!" was a rallying cry for his supporters.

Democrats such as Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer rejecting that idea. But Brooks, like most Republicans, said they have no clear sign from Trump about what he is willing to support.

Last week he said that a new trade deal his administration had negotiated with Mexico and Canada would generate enough savings to be equivalent to Mexico financing the wall.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins nearly dropped her handbag Thursday as she gestured disbelief at word, delivered to her by reporters in the Capitol, that President Donald Trump would not sign the budget extension to keep government funded until February unless border wall money was added. Far more money coming to the U.S. Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large-scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!

Prior to the last budget impasse, President Trump offered congressional Democrats a surprisingly generous deal, offering to accept legal status for almost a million DACA recipients in exchange for funding of the border wall.

"Did he just say that?" she asked as she left a Republican lunch. But a partial shutdown would occur at midnight Friday on the remaining one-fourth of the government.

Trump already has lashed out at GOP leaders in Congress over the lack of wall funding in a short-term spending bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Mr Trump's key conservative supporters in the media were also up in arms. That press conference is now canceled as leadership regroups. Thom Tillis allows the Department of Homeland Security to raise the 66,000 cap on visas for temporary, seasonal foreign workers for the current fiscal year, which ends September 30.

Meadows said that Congress failed in the first two years of Trump's presidency to keep Republican promises on border security and the wall. Would be done by end of year (NOW).

There have been reports that some conservative lawmakers urged Trump to veto it.

Trump spoke with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday. If all Democrats support the Senate-passed measure, it would only need limited Republican votes to get through the House.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the government shutdown threat in a briefing Tuesday.

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