With Friday night deadline, funding fight shifts to Senate

Cheryl Sanders
December 21, 2018

What's most noteworthy in the tweet above is Trump's craven attempt to place the blame of a looming government shutdown on the Democrats, when there is video recording saying he would "own" the government shutdown.

In a series of ten early-morning tweets on Friday, the president urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up the amended bill from the House.

The House's approval of billions for border security comes after Trump said Thursday he would not sign a short-term spending bill that did not include such funding. "I don't see how we avoid a shutdown", said retiring Representative Dennis Ross.

The package, which included Mr Trump's $5.7 billion request for a border wall with Mexico, is nearly certain to be rejected by the Senate.

The Republican-led Senate already had approved funds for the government through February 8 without money for the wall.

But he dug in Thursday, telling House Republican leaders he wouldn't sign the Senate bill that didn't have the money.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump would "love" for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to lower the Senate's threshold for ending debate on legislation from 60 votes to 51, as it now stands for judicial appointments.

"Now we find compromise", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. She said Senate Republicans would meet with Trump at the White House at 10:30 a.m. (1730 GMT) and McConnell confirmed he would attend.

If the president and Congress can not agree on a new government spending package by the December 21 midnight deadline, nine of out of 15 federal departments and dozens of agencies would shutter just three days before Christmas.

"The bill that's on the floor of the House, everyone knows will not pass the Senate", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters late on Thursday.

But he has since approved two more funding bills for the Department of Homeland Security that did not contain money for the border wall.

The threat of a United States government shutdown continued to fuel investor anxieties on Friday over the trajectory of global economic growth as world stocks extended a steep sell-off.

The House voted to insert $5.7 billion in border wall funding into the Senate's continuing resolution and send it back to the upper chamber, even though many senators have left for the holidays.

In another poll by CBS, about 59 percent of Americans oppose building a wall along the southern border.

William Foster, vice president of Moody's Investors Services, said that a "brief shutdown of the USA government due to a budget impasse would cause minimal disruption to the economy".

The House passed a stopgap measure Thursday night to fund the government that includes $5 billion for a border wall sought by President Donald Trump. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, would not be affected by any government shutdown because it's an independent agency. They warn that "caving" on Mr Trump's repeated wall promises could hurt his 2020 re-election chances, and other Republicans' as well.

"Just this morning, several senators put out statements confirming their opposition, and confirming that there is not a majority in the conference to go down that road", David Popp said. House lawmakers said they were being told to stay in town for more possible votes.

While President Trump continues this pissing contest, trying to force the government to fund this partisan project, hundreds of thousands of employees' paychecks rest in the balance.

And Coulter published a column on the Breitbart site, which is popular with conservatives, with this headline: "Gutless President in Wall-Less Country".

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