U.S. House passes funds for Trump wall; government shutdown looms

U.S. Senate passes legislation to avoid shutdown — it doesn’t include $5B in border wall money

U.S. Senate passes legislation to avoid shutdown — it doesn’t include $5B in border wall money

Democrats take control of the House on January 3 following their victory in the midterm elections last month. Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to "use the Nuclear option and get it done!" in a tweet hours before parts of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, run out of funding.

Among the senators who have gone to the White House are Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Richard Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said he returned to the Lone Star state on Thursday only to get back on an early Friday morning flight to Washington. "We have time right now to get it done".

President Donald Trump issued a stern warning on Twitter Thursday morning, notifying Congress that he will not accept a budget bill that does not fund the border wall, and signaling his intent to veto a continuing resolution created to put off an immigration battle until at least next February.

US President Donald Trump arrives for the signing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 farm bill in Washington, DC.

However, the bill was still highly unlikely to pass in the face of strong Democrat opposition.

If the House measure is put to a vote in the Senate, Democrats have pledged to deny its passage.

In 2017, Senate Republicans "went nuclear" to sidestep a Democratic filibuster and confirm conservative U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Even though Republicans have a slim majority, 60 votes are needed to approve the bill there. House lawmakers said they were being told to stay in town for more possible votes.

While Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have already branded this outcome a Trump shutdown, the president tweeted Friday that "it will be a Democrat Shutdown!" if they don't support the measure before them in the Senate.

Others were not so sure.

Ryan: "Now we just had a very long productive meeting with the president". The House had been expected to vote on it Thursday.

U.S. Senate passes legislation to avoid shutdown — it doesn’t include $5B in border wall money

Limbaugh on Thursday told his listeners that Trump had, during the program, assured him that he would veto a bill that did not pay for his wall.

President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer waged a war of words Friday afternoon over the fate of last-minute funding legislation that could head off a partial government shutdown.

Trump's border wall was a key campaign promise in the 2016 election, when he said it would be paid for by Mexico, and sees it as a winning issue for his 2020 re-election campaign.

Trump had stated earlier on Thursday that he would refuse to sign any version of the bill without funding for a wall, sending a compromise bill that would have kept the government open through February back to the drawing board.

It's been five weeks since the USA midterm elections, and for anyone following politics in that country it already feels like a lifetime ago.

The president claimed, "Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for border security!"

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY have made it clear they will not support money for Trump's wall. "When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership".

"It's a cynical attempt - a cynical attempt - to just hurt innocent people and do just what President Trump wants, even though they probably know it's bad for the country".

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

Trump bickers with Democratic leaders, threatens government shutdown
Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said Republicans will be responsible if a shutdown happens. Trump will need Democratic votes either way, now or in the new year, for passage.

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