Friday, December 21, 2018

President Trump Says He Won’t Sign Temporary Spending Bill without Border-Wall Funding

Jim Young/Reuters
President Trump said Thursday that he will not sign a temporary spending bill over its lack of funding for the construction of a border wall.
“The president informed us he will not sign the bill,” House speaker Paul Ryan told reporters outside the White House after he met with Trump.
“We have very serious concerns about securing our border. The president said, ‘I will not sign this bill.’ So we’re going to go back and work on adding border security to this,” Ryan said.
The White House confirmed Ryan’s remarks in a statement.
“We protect nations all over the world, but Democrats are unwilling to protect our nation,” read a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “We urgently need funding for border security and that includes a wall.”
Democrats and Republicans have been in gridlock the past few weeks over the $5 billion Trump is requesting in the new spending bill for border-wall construction, a proposal Democrats oppose and have refused to budge on. Democrats have capped the level of border-security funding that they will approve at $1.6 billion.
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