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Trump asked cabinet to look for border wall funding

19 December, 2018, 13:28 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

But Democrats immediately rejected Republicans' follow-up offer, leaving the two sides still at impasse as hundreds of thousands of federal workers await word on whether they will be sent home without pay just before Christmas.

Funding for the Homeland Security, Justice, Interior, Agriculture and other departments - comprising a quarter of the federal government - runs out Friday at midnight absent action by Congress and Trump. Trump should follow through with the shutdown threat and spend every single day of the shutdown single-mindedly hammering the Democrats until they either give in or keep the government closed indefinitely.

After months of red lines, Mr. Trump backed off his demand for $5 billion from Congress, with the White House saying it will scrounge for the money elsewhere. "When they do that, we'll make a determination whether we're going to sign that".

She later said Trump had asked all Cabinet agencies to come up with unspent funds.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the change Tuesday morning, CNBC reports, but cautioned lawmakers that they must be willing to find $5 billion for the border wall somewhere, even if the budget bill, which must pass by the end of December, only funds the wall to the tune of $1.6 billion.

The Senate's top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating new proposals and talks were expected to continue.

"There's certainly bipartisan support for avoiding a government shutdown", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who added he is convinced they will avoid a Christmas-time breakdown. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security", he said last week during a televised Oval Office meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who generally oppose the wall funding.

Shelby said the Senate was preparing to advance a continuing resolution for all seven unfinished spending bills that would last until early February.

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump issued an executive order excusing federal employees from duty on December 24. "So that won't happen".

Trump does not have the votes from the Republican-led Congress to support his demand for border wall construction.

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Pelosi will probably be able to quickly approve a longer-term measure to keep government running in the new year.

Trump is seeking $5 billion in funding for the wall, but Dems are only offering $1.3 billion with the stipulation the money be used for fencing and additional border security.

"We're looking at the other options", Sanders told reporters. It was approved by the committee in summer on a bipartisan vote.

"Once they make a decision and they put something on the table, we'll make a determination on whether we'll move forward on a short-term or long-term funding bill", Sanders said.

Rubio blamed Senate Democrats for rejecting Trump's offer.

Flynn is the first former member of the Trump administration to be sentenced as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by members of Trump's campaign.

Come January, the Democrats will be the majority party in the House of Representatives.

The cost varies from $5 million to $25 million per mile, depending on the terrain, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said during December 11 Congress hearing.

Large swaths of the government are already funded through next September, including the USA military and agencies that operate public health care, education, and veterans' programs.



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