Everything comes down to the wall.Washington is on the brink of another state shutdown, with Democrats and Republicans sparring over…
Everything comes down to the wall.
Washington is on the brink of another state shutdown, with Democrats and Republicans sparring over the funding of President Donald Trump’s signature (and unfulfilled) campaign laws, with state funding expiring December 7 at midnight.
Trump wants $ 5 billion funding to build a wall on the US-Mexico border as part of an agreement to sign a package of remaining funding bills yet to be signed in law for the next fiscal year.
“There is a possible shutdown if we do not get the wall,” said Trump on Thursday when he left the White House for the G20 summit in Argentina. “If we do not get border security, possible shutdown.”
Republicans leading Parliament and the Senate support Trump’s aggressive driving force for funding. But they need Democrats to support the Senate proposal to pass the 60-point threshold, which complicates any financing negotiations.
Democrats have rejected a Republican proposal to extend $ 5 billion in border financing over two years.
“No matter how many years you spread it over, $ 5 billion for President Trump’s wasteful wall is too much money,” says Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., The Top Democrat in the Committee of Committees. “House Democrats will continue to stand as opposed to the Boondoggle border wall and while we are willing to negotiate how we can best secure our border, we will never support wasting tax money on a wall designed to launch the Republican base. “
On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Urged Trump to support a security compromise between $ 1.6 billion to $ 10 billion between Senate Republicans and Democrats, instead of Trump and House Republican’s $ 5 billion support.
“It’s just what we’ve done in previous years – funding for fencing on the border where experts say it makes the most sense. It would protect our border much more efficiently and much faster than any wall,” said Schumer on the floor.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Predicted that Democrats would be blamed for any shutdown.
“The president should have the tools he needs to protect the border, and if Chuck Schumer wants to shut the government, because he is not willing to secure the US border, I think in the end it’s a failed strategy of him” he told ABC News.
A shutdown would be the second year after a three-day partial government shutdown in January last year about the status of hundreds of thousands of young, also-identified immigrants called dreamers.
As the Congress has already cleared five of the 12 annual expense accounts, a shutdown would affect only certain authorities and departments, including trade, justice, home country security, state and agriculture departments.
While important government functions and employees would continue to work, a shutdown would affect tens of thousands of others and slow down key government functions.
If Congress can not agree on border security or wall financing, a solution taken into account by legislators is a measure to finance the Home Security Department at current levels during the fiscal year.
But it is unclear whether it would satisfy the president who could see the chances of a border wall fading when the Democrats take over the house in January.