Democrats Have a Plan to End the Government Shutdown and Blame Trump

Saul Bowman
January 1, 2019

Instead, Pelosi has said the new House will move to "quickly" approve a spending measure to end the partial government shutdown.

At the weekend, Trump was tweeted often, but did not hold meetings with Republican or Democratic leaders. Senator Susan Collins, Republican of ME, called the White House on Friday urging an "immediate fix" and termed the outcome "good news". "Since we're talking about $5 billion for border security, not $25 billion, we're probably going to have to scale things back", Graham said.

In the early months of his campaign, he attacked rival Jeb Bush for calling his proposal a "fence".

McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart made it clear Senate Republicans will not take action without Trump's backing. "It's simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the President that he won't sign". The idea of a short-term extension for all of the unfunded agencies was considered so uncontroversial that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought it to the floor for a voice vote, where it passed unanimously on December 19.

Acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, suggested to reporters that Democratic Senators would be more likely to "cut a deal" with Trump, but they were not doing so in order to "protect" Pelosi.

"This isn't that hard: All Senate Republicans have to do is pass legislation they have already supported on a bipartisan basis", said one House Democratic aide. An earlier spending bill also included a continuing resolution that extended the original deadline on September 30.

The House is planning two separate votes for Thursday. The Senate unanimously approved an extension of Homeland Security through February 8 before the shutdown began, only to see the bill die in the House after Trump rejected the plan.

Senate Democrats support the measures, according to a senior aide who was unauthorized to discuss the plan and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Graham said that Trump seemed "open minded" but noncommittal. "A $1.3 billion Democrat wish list that includes zero money for a border barrier is a non-starter and will not be a legitimate answer to this impasse".

It isn't the longest shutdown in history, but it does affect the income of several hundred thousand federal employees. It was unclear how Trump's threat to close the border would affect his efforts to ratify an amended North American free trade pact.

The bill will not include the amount of money requested by President Donald Trump for constructing a wall on the United States border with Mexico, The Washington Post reported.

Graham said he pitched Trump on a possible deal "that would include around $5 billion for border security slash wall slash fencing - whatever you want to call it, in areas that make sense - and deal with another problem that's looming".

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times published a two-hour interview with Kelly in which he told the paper "to be honest, it's not a wall".

He also took pride that he kept politics out of the decision-making process at the White House, an issue that Trump's allies repeatedly expressed frustration about the new chief of staff. "But always saying "wall" or "no wall" is being very disingenuous and turning a complete blind eye to what is a crisis at the border when it comes to the drugs pouring in".

Graham proposed to help two groups of immigrants get approval to continue living in the U.S: about 700,000 young "Dreamers" brought into the US illegally as children and about 400,000 people receiving temporary protected status because they are from countries struggling with natural disasters or armed conflicts.

Mr Trump is struggling to get the funding needed to start building the wall.

The partial government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse.

"I'm in Washington. I'm ready, willing and able", Trump told Fox News. But a big sticking point is the word wall.

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