Congress seeks 2-week extension to avert government shutdown

Cheryl Sanders
December 6, 2018

Under the new budget deadline, funding for the Homeland Security Department and a number of other federal agencies will xpire on December 21 unless Congress sends Trump spending legislation before then that he signs.

Further, other conservatives and their staffers on Capitol Hill caution that such a close deadline to the Christmas holiday season may make securing Trump's $5 billion in border wall funding more hard as many rank-and-file members will feel more pressure to accept Republican leadership's proposal closer to Christmas.

Democrats have long held off on giving into Trump's demand for funding to build his border wall, which he promised Mexico would pay for throughout his 2016 presidential campaign.

"If there's any shutdown, it's on President Trump's back", Schumer said.

But it is the fight over money for President Trump's planned wall on the USA border with Mexico that has been the main sticking point in the talks so far.

Previously, Trump threatened to force a partial government shutdown if Congress did not give him the money he wants for the wall. We will close the entire Southern Border if necessary.

Lawmakers are considering taking up a one-week spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown by Friday, a move created to put off a major showdown until after former President George H.W. Bush's funeral proceedings, according to a source briefed on the talks.

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham told One America News a DACA fix could be a good compromise to get Democrats to approve wall funding.

Trump had been expected to meet Tuesday with the two top Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY - to discuss how to resolve the remaining sticking points on appropriations, according to sources familiar with the talks. The White House is expecting that to be between 7 and 14 days, said a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Bush said Trump and Congress' devotion of time to his grandfather's legacy reflects the late president's commitment to bipartisanship. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, to the White House for a meeting Tuesday, officials said. Six of the seven appropriations bills are ready to go, Politico said, with funding for the border remaining as the last hurdle to clear. "That includes Leader Schumer".

"The $1.6 billion ... the language is broader than just a wall, so I think that that could probably be agreed upon, which was a figure in the Senate bill", Hoyer said.

McConnell told reporters in Louisville on Saturday it's up to Trump "to do a deal with the Democrats".

Congress has already passed full-year funding for most other federal agencies, meaning they would remain open. Federal funding for those agencies is set to expire at midnight Friday.

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