Border Wall May Shut Down Government After All

Trump toughens his stance, says he will not sign a spending bill without funding for one
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2018 1:28 PM CST

(Newser) – A government shutdown is suddenly in the cards again. After the Senate appeared to lessen the risk of one by passing a temporary funding bill, the measure ran into a brick wall in the House. President Trump and Republicans are again demanding that any legislation include $5 billion to build a border wall, and the president delivered the message in person during a meeting with House GOP leaders Thursday. “The president informed us he will not sign the bill that came from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security,” Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters. “So what we're going to do is go back to the House and work with our members.” The details:

  • One day left: The president's move "dramatically" increases the chances that a partial government shutdown will begin at the end of Friday, reports the Washington Post. And Politico uses the same word. The Senate bill would have provided funding into February.
  • The statement: “We protect nations all over the world, but Democrats are unwilling to protect our nation,” said White House press chief Sarah Sanders after the Trump meeting. “We urgently need funding for border security and that includes a wall.”
  • The problem: If House GOP leaders bring a bill to the floor with $5 billion in wall funding, there's no guarantee it would pass, reports the Wall Street Journal. It would likely get the support of zero Democrats, and many lame-duck Republicans have been skipping votes. Even if it did pass the House, it would likely fail in the Senate, because spending bills need 60 votes and Republicans have only 51 seats.

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