Trump will not sign spending bill without wall funding, after conservatives fought

Trump will not sign spending bill without wall funding, after conservatives fought

Trump will not sign spending bill without wall funding, after conservatives fought

"The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security". The White House has demanded US$5 billion for the wall but Republicans don't have the votes to pass that in the House and Democrats have refused to support any money for Trump's signature project. We can still have border security.... "Let's build the wall and make sure that we do our job in Congress".

"We have taken on some of the biggest challenges of our time, and we've made a great and lasting difference in the trajectory of this country", he said.

Stocks, already trading lower because of the Federal Reserve's Wednesday decision to raise its benchmark interest rate, were sharply down as the scramble in Washington appeared to be leading toward a shutdown.

Trump met with Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise as well as Freedom Caucus rebels Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows at the White House to discuss the funding provision. The Senate approved the measure Wednesday night.

"We just had a very long, productive meeting with the President".

Notably, the two House leaders repeatedly said they would add "border security" funding to the Senate's bill - not specifically for the border wall.

Some members of the House Republican Conference are angry that Trump has given no clarity on what he would sign - and are angry at their leadership for kowtowing to the President's demands. Without mentioning Trump, Ryan critiqued the politics of fear and outrage, saying, "we spend far more time trying to convict one another than we do try to develop our own convictions". Some members who lost their re-election bids are not in Washington, making it unclear whether the party could pass the funding hike.

Trump interrupted the basement session with a phone call to Ryan, and then the president lashed out at Republican leaders on Twitter.

"We had a great discussion with him in there", he said, describing the lunch meeting.

The amended bill also includes US$7.8 billion in aid for states hit by recent natural disasters. He said that he and House GOP leaders would head back to Capitol Hill to "work on adding border security" to the bill.

He got the Republican tax bill and sharp increases in military spending through Congress last year, Costa and DeBonis noted, but "his repeated promises to sweepingly address the solvency and growing costs of two mandatory government programs - Social Security and Medicare - never happened, even though Republicans controlled all levers of government over the past two years". Jordan will be at the White House.

On immigration, Ryan said no matter how the border wall battle is resolved, "The system will still be in need of serious reform". 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.

But the president is standing his ground with his pledge to risk a government shutdown in the name of border security. Impact on government services was negligible in both cases.

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