Trump Threatens to Close the Entire Southern Border

Sergio Conner
December 6, 2018

Washington is on the brink of another government shutdown, with Democrats and Republicans sparring over funding President Donald Trump's signature (and unfulfilled) campaign promise, with government funding set to expire on December 7 at midnight. And even some Republicans balk at spending more than the $1.6 billion for fencing and other security improvements already provided.

Congressman Hice's comment arises as House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said on Tuesday that Democrats could give President Trump up to $1.6 billion so long as much of the spending goes toward border security, not building the wall.

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

Trump wants $5 billion; Democrats in the Senate have agreed to only $1.6 billion for border barriers and security, and do not want to provide more.

As the country mourns the death of former President George H.W. Bush, Congress is seeking to push back the December 7 budget deadline, which would temporarily stall a contentious debate over border wall funding and likely delay a partial government shutdown.

If Congress can't agree on border security or wall funding, one solution being considered by lawmakers is a measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through the fiscal year.

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.

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The Post, citing a former administration official, said that the Bush family contacted the White House this past summer to make it clear that the President would be welcome at the funeral and, according to the paper, to "assure him that the focus would be on Bush's life rather than their disagreements".

President Trump said he would probably go along with a short-term funding extension, and Roll Call notes that such an extension can be passed quickly by voice vote.

The country shouldn't have to endure a shutdown over "Trump's temper tantrum", Schumer said last week. Chuck Schumer and House Democrat Nancy Pelosi has also been delayed to next week.

Lawmakers say they're close to finalizing six of the remaining seven bills.

McConnell told reporters over the weekend that it's up to Trump "to do a deal with the Democrats".

The demand has raised the prospects of a possible government shutdown beyond the deadline.

Most of the federal government has been funded for the fiscal year that runs through September 30, 2019, but the stalemate is over wall funds and other remaining federal agencies. Federal funding for those agencies is set to expire at midnight Friday.

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