Published: Fri, December 21, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

McConnell to introduce short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown

McConnell to introduce short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown

Throughout Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, "Build the wall!" was a rallying cry. Both bills would extend funding through February 8.

Merry Christmas! The President is threatening to shut down the government over funding for his border wall, or rather his row of "artistically designed steel slats", or whatever he's calling his compensatory bit of expensive and useless infrastructure today. Trump had said last week that he would be "proud" to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a down payment on the wall. "U.S.A. WINS!" Trump tweeted Thursday, seeming to indicate he would pick up the border wall fight next year after Democrats take control of the House. He also argued that Mexico will pay "indirectly" for the wall because the terms of a new trade deal will boost USA revenue.

Trump originally promised that Mexico will pay for the wall. A punt actually helps improve the field advantage. Schumer rescinded his offer just a few days after making it, saying it was off the table because Trump rejected the broader immigration package. They wrote a new bill that added $5.7 billion is additional border security to a measure that would fund dozens of other departments and agencies at their current levels through February 8.

The Senate has approved legislation to temporarily fund the government and avoid a federal shutdown over President Donald Trump's border wall.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident there would not be a government shutdown.

With Pelosi's backing, the Senate-passed bill likely has enough support for House approval with votes mostly from Democratic lawmakers, who are still the minority, and some Republicans.

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

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said he was not convinced after a White House meeting with GOP leaders that Trump would sign the Senate bill.

It is widely expected that the measure will be unable to pass in the Senate, however, given its allocation for border wall funding.

Democratic leaders immediately spurned the proposal.

Sanders said Tuesday that the administration had identified "a number of different funding sources" that can be used "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 border". "So that won't happen". As pointed out by CNN's Oliver Darcy, Breitbart declared Wednesday that Trump had caved on the wall, while Drudge Report ran with the headline "Trump in Retreat". That measure had no wall money.

President Donald Trump appears poised to given in on his fight for $5 billion of funding for a border wall, according to multiple sources.

Policy adviser Stephen Miller also says Trump will stay at the White House absent an agreement with Congress to keep parts of the government open.

White House officials were in a meeting discussing border security last August when a sudden outburst from aide Stephen Miller silenced the room.

Trump has asked Congress for $5 billion for the wall, but has faced a unified opposition from the Democrats and even from some Republicans. "We're going to have that fight, but we're going to have that fight after the midterms, '" Meadows said. He wants to see how the House will vote on that measure before sending lawmakers home for Christmas. Many Republicans say it's up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal.

By postponing decisions on spending for agencies that include the Departments of Justice, Commerce, Interior, and Agriculture, Democrats will have more power over the process next year when they take majority control of the House, though that will also put a greater spotlight on their responsibility for the process.

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