Published: Fri, December 21, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Government Careens Toward Shutdown After Trump's Wall Demand

Government Careens Toward Shutdown After Trump's Wall Demand

In view of analysts at Rabobank, a United States government shutdown is imminent as a bipartisan efforts to implement a stopgap funding bill, which would ensure the government can continue to operate as normal until 8 February, were thwarted by President Trump.

"I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership", Trump tweeted shortly after calling Ryan during a morning meeting of House Republicans.

The U.S. Congress began advancing legislation on Wednesday to fund several federal agencies through February 8 to avert a partial government shutdown, but without including money for a U.S. -Mexico border wall that President Donald Trump demanded.

The leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is urging President Donald Trump to veto a stopgap spending plan that would avoid a partial government shutdown set to begin early Saturday. "That's why we will soon take up a simple measure that will continue government funding into February: So we can continue this vital debate after the new Congress has convened".

Trump interrupted the basement session with a phone call to Ryan, and then the president lashed out at Republican leaders on Twitter.

"The Trump temper tantrum will shut down the government, but it will not get him his wall", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The $5 billion is in line with what the President has requested of Congress, but passage of the measure significantly raises the chances that the government will at least partially shut down at the end of the week.

Whatever the trigger, by Thursday morning talk of scrounging money elsewhere was gone, and the president said Congress must pony up.

The White House has said it's looking at other avenues to fund the wall.

"Trump should not sign this bill and leave for Mar-a-Lago, and tell them it's not gonna get signed and their precious government's not gonna get back up and running 'til there's $5 billion", wrote radio host Rush Limbaugh. "If enough Dems don't vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown!"

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Schumer says in a Senate speech that Freedom Caucus leaders have "no strategy at all" beyond shutting down the government. "After all, Trump's 2020 campaign slogan of" Promises Made, Promises Kept" won't really hold up with his "Build That Wall" base if the signature issue of a Southern border wall doesn't materialize.

Some Republicans senators cheered on the House, but prospects in the Senate are grim amid strong opposition from Democrats.

In a last-ditch attempt to resolve the impasse this year, Trump and McConnell on Tuesday proposed giving Trump a $1 billion fund that he could use at his discretion for border security. That message clashed with criticism from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, which had nothing to do with the wall's appearance.

It looks like Christmas will be safe from the Government Shutdown Grinch.

The White House suggested earlier Thursday that Trump was not onboard with the critical spending agreement because it lacked billions of dollars for "steel slats or a wall" at the Mexican border.

"In 2014, I helped put together and signed a $25 billion deal to fund a border wall", reads the post from a group called The Right View Of Washington State. "In the meantime, we'll see what the Senate does, and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that front".

-Associated Press writer Alan Fram.

A proposal in the works in the Senate would keep the government funded past a midnight Friday deadline and into the early weeks of 2019.

Trump still must sign a funding bill into law to avert a shutdown of some government agencies.

Many Trump supporters are frustrated that he appears to have retreated on his shutdown threats over wall funding. While the White House has indicated that Trump is open to reviewing whatever Congress passes, the president hasn't weighed in on the stopgap measure.

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