Trumps Demands Funding For The Mexico-US Border Wall

Cheryl Sanders
April 24, 2017

Trump said in a Twitter post Sunday that Obamacare would not get funds to continue if Democrats fail to fund the proposed border wall, according to a report by David Morgan and Doina Chiacu for Reuters. Congress' main responsibility is to fund the government, and if the Republicans, who ran on the platform of fiscal responsibility, want to have government funding in place for the next fiscal year on time, their work on a dozen appropriations bills must be complete by October 1.

Trump has repeatedly asserted that Mexico would pay for the wall, which he says is necessary to stop the flow of immigrants crossing the border illegally, as well as drug smugglers.

President Donald Trump and Congress are on a collision course over funding the government as Trump demands money for a border wall.

The showdown comes as a new poll out Sunday that shows President Trump's approval ratings at record lows - while those who voted for Mr. Trump remain satisfied with his performance. "If he doesn't interfere, we can get this done", said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

"But Democrats want the narrative that they dealt him a loss on the wall", the aide said, adding it would be hard to bring any Democrats on board with new construction on the southwest border. He chastised them for not wanting "money from the budget going to the border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs" and gang activity, in his view. "That's how it's supposed to work, and for some reason, we think this Democratic obstruction is not working". "The most important thing is to make sure the military is funded, to make sure the critical institutions of government are funded and to make sure you don't have a shutdown while you've got a Republican president, a Republican Senate and a Republican House". Bloomberg - which earlier reported Trump's plan probably won't include a border-adjusted tax - has more on Mulvaney.

Sessions said the administration's goal is to put an end to illegality and "create a lawful system of immigration where people apply to come here, they wait their turn".

At the same time, Trump is pushing Congress to move quickly on another attempt to pass a repeal bill of the Affordable Care Act, even though House Republicans aren't unified on a path forward.

The 100-day mark falls on Saturday, the same day the government could shut down without a budget deal.

"To think that he would consider shutting down the government of the United States of America over this outlandish proposal of a border wall ... that would be the height of irresponsibility", he told CNN.

"We expect a massive increase in military spending, we expect money for border security in this bill, and it ought to be because the president won overwhelmingly and everyone understood that the border wall was part of it", he said.

The White House and Republicans also have their sights on the Dodd-Frank Act signed by President Obama following the 2008 financial crisis.

House Democrats, too, are warning they won't provide votes for a bill with contentious riders, which could be an issue if hard-line conservatives in the Freedom Caucus aren't on board with GOP leaders.

Top administration officials explained to the President this weekend that the most likely scenario is a stopgap bill that would last a week or so until a deal is reached. But despite pressure from the White House last week, Ryan made no specific commitment to hold a vote before Saturday while speaking to his members this weekend.

In a tweet on Saturday, Trump promised that a "Big TAX REFORM AND TAX REDUCTION will be announced next Wednesday". Or will this week be like all those before it: Chaotic and random, driven by a President who seems to change his mind about matters large and small every day?

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