Saturday, December 8, 2018

Christmas Shutdown Threat Will Come Down to Border Talks Between Trump, Chuck, and Nancy

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Congress sent President Trump a continuing resolution today to fund the government for two more weeks, setting up an appropriations showdown over a border wall that would fall just before Christmas.
Congress had planned to leave for the holiday break on Dec. 14, returning after the New Year to swear in the 116th Congress and a Democratic majority in the lower chamber.
The extension to keep the government open was quickly approved today in the House and the Senate. The holdup over a final bill is border wall funding.
The House included $5 billion for border security in its funding bill, while the Senate version includes $1.6 billion. Trump wants $25 billion; Congress has not yet approved any money to begin work on any of the wall prototypes Trump was shown in California earlier this year.
"Could somebody please explain to the Democrats (we need their votes) that our Country losses 250 Billion Dollars a year on illegal immigration, not including the terrible drug flow. Top Border Security, including a Wall, is $25 Billion. Pays for itself in two months. Get it done!" Trump tweeted Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he expects the impasse to be worked out between Trump and Chuck and Nancy -- the president was scheduled to meet with Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Pelosi (D-Calif.) this week, but that was postponed because of the death of former President George H.W. Bush.
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