Trump vows 'very long' government shutdown over border wall

Trump vows 'very long' government shutdown over border wall

Trump vows 'very long' government shutdown over border wall

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh dismissed the compromised bill and even the reliably pro-Trump "Fox & Friends" called the current status of Trump's border "chaos" on Thursday.

They wrote a new bill that added $5.7 billion in additional border security to a measure that would fund dozens of other departments and agencies at their current levels through February 8.

With a 60-vote threshold, however, the House-passed package stands little chance of being endorsed on the Senate side.

If a spending bill is not passed by Congress and approved by Trump by Friday at midnight, the government will partially shut down. The House had been expected to vote on it Thursday. That bill is nearly certain to fail in the Senate on Friday.

House Republicans also tacked on almost $8 billion in disaster aid for coastal hurricanes and California wildfires.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposal that passed the Senate the day before had the backing of the top congressional Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and top congressional Republicans had indicated on Wednesday they were optimistic that the President would sign the measure.

If the House measure is put to a vote in the Senate, Democrats have pledged to prevent it from getting the votes it needs for passage.

In the midst of a looming government shutdown, Donald Trump is busy arguing phrasing and now wants his "wall" to be refereed to as 'steel slats'.

Earlier, the president hailed the House vote as a big victory - one that GOP leaders scrambled to achieve when the president abruptly backed off tacit support for an earlier Senate-approved stopgap that did not include the wall money.

"We hope they'll step up", she told reporters.

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The partial government shutdown could begin, with affected agencies limiting staff to those deemed "essential" to public safety.

Capitol Hill managed to avert an end-of-the-year shutdown caused, in part, by President Trump's demand for money to begging building the border wall.

But after a meeting with McConnell, Trump claimed at the White House that 'it's up to the Democrats as to whether or not we have a shutdown tonight'.

Trump won't travel as planned to his Florida resort for the holidays if there's a shutdown, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the White House.

Mark Meadows, 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.

"Walls work, whether we like it or not", he said Thursday.

Bila acknowledged that Trump should never have made that promise, because it was so unlikely to happen, but that doesn't change the fact that border security funding is necessary. Which of these would vote to wipe out the filibuster so that Trump can get a political victory on the border wall - Jeff Flake? Earlier this week he appeared to shelve his shutdown threats, with the White House saying he was open to reviewing whatever bill Congress could send him.

Pelosi, however, argued during a press conference on Thursday that the situation was descending into a "meltdown" among Republicans. The bill would have delivered amnesty to illegal aliens who entered the country while young, known as Dreamers, in exchange for $25 billion in wall funding.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called the shutdown "100 percent avoidable", accusing Mr Trump of "choosing funding for his ineffective and wasteful border wall over what's best for our country".

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