New Poll Shows Whom Americans Blame for Potential US Government Shutdown

18 December, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday the Trump administration would do

The White House and Democratic congressional leaders are at an impasse over negotiations to avoid a partial shutdown of the federal government at the end of the week, with both sides unwilling to budge from their positions on President Trump's proposed border wall.

He wouldn't say, however, if Trump would settle for less than $5 billion in funding to build a structure on the U.S.'s southern border.

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.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the no. 2 Senate Democrat, said on ABC that whether or not the shutdown happens rides on Trump taking one of those offers, and that he's not optimistic.

"They can either choose to fight for Americans - working class - or to promote illegal immigration".

It found that 57 percent of Americans believe Trump should broker a compromise to prevent a shutdown, while 36 percent believe he should refuse to compromise. "The last time you shut it down it didn't work", Trump told Democrat congressional leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in a heated meeting in the Oval Office as television cameras rolled.

At the Department of Homeland Security, the overwhelming majority of border patrol, emergency management and immigration enforcement staff would be able to keep doing their jobs, though with their pay delayed. "He is not going to get the wall in any form", Schumer said Sunday on "Meet the Press."

The case will be appealed, said Hill, and it will take many years to get to the Supreme Court, so "nothing is happening" with regard to the high deductibles involved in many Obamacare plans. "You can't do both".


Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Schumer's top deputy, emphasized the offer Democrats have made and urged Trump to agree to the $1.3 billion offer for more border security.

Six of 15 government departments - representing about three-quarters of discretionary spending - are funded through September 30, 2019, under legislation passed and signed by Trump earlier this year. The bureau attributed that to the lost productivity of federal workers who were furloughed.

President Donald Trump kept up the pressure on Democrats Monday, tweeting: "Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control!"

Outgoing Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California told CNN's Kate Bolduan on Friday, "At this late in the game, I think a short-term resolution is in order, something that would allow the next Congress to actually come in and negotiate a much larger, longer agreement".

Furious, the president said that he would shut down the government if they don't give it to him.

Mr Trump said last week he would be "proud" to shut down his own government if he does not secure the funding.

The 16-day full government shutdown in October 2013 cost the economy US$24 billion, according to Standard and Poor's.

On Monday, Mr Trump took to Twitter to attack Democrats who say "you can have good Boarder [sic] Security without a Wall". "I will take the mantle of shutting it down".

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