Kellyanne Conway: Donald Trump Considering 'Short-Term' Funding Extension to Avoid Government Shutdown

Kellyanne Conway: Donald Trump Considering 'Short-Term' Funding Extension to Avoid Government Shutdown

Kellyanne Conway: Donald Trump Considering 'Short-Term' Funding Extension to Avoid Government Shutdown

White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's dejected supporters are finally realizing that despite the president's oft-repeated promises, they will not be getting their wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

Schumer spoke on the floor shortly thereafter, saying: "I'm glad the leader thinks the government should not shut down over the President's demands for a wall, and Democrats will support this CR". "We can not accept the offer they made of a billion-dollar slush fund for the President to implement his very wrong immigration policies", Pelosi said as she left a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Democrats and many Republicans have challenged the wisdom of giving Trump $5 billion this year to build a wall - which carries an estimated $24 billion price tag - that they argue would be less effective in securing the border than building on a mix of tools already in place. "He has a responsibility to keep the government moving and he has a responsibility to get border security", Conway said. "And now it's like, 'You know what, we're looking in other departments for the money'".

The outcome would temporarily break an impasse that threatened to close large portions of the government this weekend and send hundreds of thousands of federal workers home without pay just before Christmas. They had proposed keeping funding at current levels of US$1.3 billion (NZ$1.9 billion) for border security fencing and other improvements but not for the wall.

Democratic leaders immediately spurned the proposal. He suggested that could take the form of a stopgap bill that extends funding until January, or a longer-term bill that includes money for border security. But one official gave no indication the president would veto the measure or call Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and demand the Kentucky Republican squash it.

Sanders added that there are "a number of different funding sources that we've identified that we can use that we can couple with the money that would be given through congressional appropriations that would help us get to that $5 billion that the president needs in order to protect our borders". And Mexico is still not going to pay for it.

"We will do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of immigration", said White House senior adviser Stephen Miller. Schumer said there will be no wall money, "plain and simple".

That would mean lawmakers could leave before Friday, with Trump following them out of town that morning for a planned 16-day vacation at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida. The disagreement primarily involves the Department of Homeland Security - where funding for the border wall would be allocated.

"Who would want to shut the government down?" he said.

On Tuesday, Sanders told Fox News the White House has determined it has "other ways to get to that $5 billion".

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