Donald Trump threatens government shutdown if he doesn't get wall funding

Saul Bowman
July 31, 2018

Both chambers will have a short window to approve a spending bill before government funding expires.

In March, Congress passed a bill with $1.6bn in border security funding, but most of it was to fix sections of an existing barrier along the US-Mexico border.

Malkin said that she supports President Trump and his administration for wanting an immigration reform vote before the midterms elections.

A shutdown over Trump's wall at the September deadline would mark the third lapse in appropriations this year, following a shutdown in January as Democrats battled with the Trump administration and congressional Republicans on protections for "Dreamers" as well as a brief shutdown when Republican Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who chairs the panel overseeing funding for transportation, housing and related programs.

Trump has made no secret of his belief that his hard-line immigration policies boosted him to the Oval Office, and he launched an aggressive push for additional border security measures early this year. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Democrats did not feel compelled to respond to Trump's threat.

Mr. Trump said he was open to negotiate on some of those points. "I hope it's a negotiating tactic".

During the presidential campaign, Trump frequently promised that Mexico would pay for construction of the wall, but the Mexican government has refused to do so.

"I said to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again", Trump said in March.

Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that Trump was instead pressing the USA military to fund and build the wall.

In April, Trump threatened to shut down the government during a rally in MI, stating that more money was needed to fund the border wall.

Democrats have been dead-set against funding the wall without legislation that would keep DACA - the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Speaking at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Trump railed against illegal immigration, saying America is the "laughing stock of the world" with the "worst" immigration laws.

The House has set aside about $5billion of wall funding in its homeland security bill, an amount that has been endorsed by the White House.

Trump campaigned on the promise of building a wall to deter illegal immigration and making Mexico pay for it. Mexico has refused, leading Trump to look to US taxpayers to fund the endeavor instead, at least for now. "No preconditions, no", Trump said. "There's only one decision-maker in the White House, and that's him". "And that's the primary concern", Ryan said Wednesday on Fox News. Without naming a figure, Trump said in April that he would "have no choice" but to force a government shutdown this fall if he doesn't get the border security money he wants. Of Trump's unpredictability, Cornyn commented: "He has his own unique style".

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