Trump to meet with House Republicans about wall

Lawmakers are proceeding with a plan to keep the federal government open through the holidays

Lawmakers are proceeding with a plan to keep the federal government open through the holidays

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a plan Wednesday that appeared all but certain to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the day Friday, allowing lawmakers to go home for the holidays and setting up a short-term spending bill to fund the government until February 8.

The White House says President Donald Trump is meeting with Republican House members at noon Thursday as the fate of legislation to avoid a government shutdown hangs in the balance.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the short-term spending measure was a "simple" bill that would show Republicans, who control Congress now, will finish the year by not prolonging a potential crisis.

Democrats also rejected the administration's idea of shifting money from other accounts to pay for Trump's wall.

"If I were in her shoes, I would rather not be dealing with this year's business next year", McConnell said.

In light of Paul Ryan's confirmation of President Trump's stance on funding the border wall, a lot of political observers are convinced that a government shutdown is now unavoidable.

It's not just elected officials. But Ryan came under heavy criticism from conservatives during a private party meeting and then was called out to speak to Trump on the phone, several lawmakers said. But Democrats in the House and Senate balked at that, and with Democrats taking the House majority as of January, it appears Trump's plans for a wall are all but dead.

"When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership", Trump wrote. Apparently frustrated at GOP House leaders, he added that they said it "would be done by end of year (NOW)". "We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries - but not for our beloved United States of America".




But on Thursday morning, the future of that plan was thrust into question after Trump tweeted his frustration at having to swallow another spending measure that doesn't include funds for the wall. In recent days, Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested the White House was backing down from Trump's threat to shut down the government if he didn't get $5 billion for his long-promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

President Donald Trump issued a stern warning on Twitter Thursday morning, notifying Congress that he will not accept a budget bill that does not fund the border wall, and signaling his intent to veto a continuing resolution created to put off an immigration battle until at least next February. She also said the Republican president "has asked every agency to look and see if they have money that can be used". But in the White House, the fight has reportedly increased tensions as aides jockey back and forth about the best strategy in the struggle to secure funds for his signature campaign promise, according to CNN. "But more importantly the American people will be there".

Trump has oftened changed his mind or threatened to veto bills at the last minute, so a shutdown is still possible.

That. sounds an very bad lot like what's already built along some of the border and not like the big menacing wall Trump once promised. Lawmakers could not find a way to meet that demand - or part of it - ahead of a Friday night deadline, so they chose to put off the border wall fight until February. Do we stand up and fight for their interests? No more excuses. No more games.

The time for this fight is now, not seven weeks from now. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., said he backed Meadows.

McCarthy said "we believe there is still time" for lawmakers to iron out differences over Trump's demand for additional funding for border security. "Give me a break", Hudson tweeted Wednesday.

Fencing along the southern border is now being repaired or upgraded in high-traffic spots with steel bollard fencing. Still, it's unclear whether President Trump will sign the bill. The temporary measure offers just $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements.

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