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

21 December, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Senate passes stop-gap funding bill in effort to avert government shutdown

Trump has not said if he will support a temporary funding measure approved by the Senate, though his White House has made clear it will review whatever can pass Congress.

Collins and other GOP senators were told they would be given 24 hours' notice before a vote was called so they could fly back to DC. It goes next to the House.

That would force Trump to actually veto the measure. And Elrod told Faulkner that Trump is making a "last-ditch effort to try to get that $5 billion wall that he's been talking about".

Without a deal, more than 800,000 federal workers would face furloughs or be forced to work without pay, disrupting government operations days before Christmas. But Ryan came under heavy criticism from conservatives during a private party meeting and then was called out to speak to Trump on the phone, several lawmakers said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) that the president had also directed every one of his Cabinet secretaries "to look and see if they have money that can be used" for wall construction.

Schumer reportedly made a $25 billion offer for the wall during a private meeting with Trump, as lawmakers negotiated a way to avert a government shutdown.

"If I were in her shoes, I would rather not be dealing with this year's business next year", McConnell said.

Third-ranking House Republican Steve Scalise said the House will add US$5 billion wall funding and federal disaster aid sought by some lawmakers to the Senate bill that would keep the government open through February 8.

"Democrats will be ready to fully, responsibly fund our government in January", Pelosi said in a statement.

If there's no deal, there could be a partial shutdown at the end of Friday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on the bill Wednesday.


"Republicans will continue to fill our duty to govern", he said.

"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 told reporters.

That proposal, a comprehensive immigration plan Schumer sponsored and voted for, cleared the Senate in 2013.

Congress is trying to pass legislation that would avoid a partial government shutdown by a deadline of midnight Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to remarks at a roundtable discussion of the Federal Commission on School Safety Report at the White House in Washington, US, December 18, 2018. "I know a lot of people believe that the wall was actually gonna be built, and I was one of the people hoping and supporting to be built, but even without the wall, there is still the need for border security".

Trump had originally demanded $5 billion to begin building the wall this year, but White House officials said earlier this week that he was willing to settle for far less.

"Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!" he tweeted on Wednesday (Thursday NZT).

Trump directed his ire at Democrats, tweeting that they were "putting politics over country".

Under intense political pressure from his conservative base, President Donald Trump is trying to find a way to fulfill a central promise from his 2016 campaign, constructing a border wall with Mexico, as the specter of a holiday shutdown looms.

When asked if the president should veto any stopgap funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, Meadows replied "yes".

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