Miller says Trump is prepared to do "whatever is necessary" to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.
But Republican and Democratic Senate leaders rejected each other's proposals for anything more than a short stopgap measure, and that's exactly what Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby announced Tuesday evening he would prepare for a floor vote to keep the agencies open until early February. The money would not go for the wall but for fencing upgrades and other border security. The White House on Sunday, Dec. 16, pushed the federal government closer to the brink of a partial shutdown later this week, digging in on its demand for $5 billion to build a border wall as congressional Democrats stood firm against it.
President Donald Trump has become increasingly sensitive to criticism that he's backing off his signature promise to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, three sources familiar with his concern tell CNN, as aides fear the administration's chances for securing funding for it have sunset.
Without a resolution, more than 800,000 government workers could be furloughed or sent to work without pay beginning at midnight Friday night (Saturday NZT), disrupting government operations days before Christmas.
Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump signs into law a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. "We can not accept the offer they made of a billion-dollar slush fund for the President to implement his very wrong immigration policies", Pelosi said as she left a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Democrats aren't feeling it: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissed the idea that Congress would provide a "slush fund" for the Trump administration to use as it sees fit for immigration enforcement.
McConnell blamed the outcome on Democrats after they turned down a GOP offer yesterday that would have provided US$1.6 billion for border barriers and another US$1 billion for Trump to spend on other immigration priorities.
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It was a tacit acknowledgment that Congress was unlikely to fund the wall and marked a move away from Trump's tough rhetoric last week that he would be "proud" to shut down the government over wall funding.
"He is not going to get the wall in any form", Schumer said.
Democratic leaders immediately spurned the proposal. Schumer said there will be no wall money, "plain and simple".
Asked if that meant having a government shutdown, he said: "If it comes to it, absolutely".
The standoff dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.
"At the end of the day, we don't want to shut down the government", Sanders said on Fox News Channel.
Congress did pass legislation to fund much of the government through the current budget year, until next October 1.