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OffbeatBattle looms over funding for Trump's border wall

14:48  09 november  2018
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By Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the U.S. Congress reconvenes on Nov. 13, it will face a deadline less than a month later to fund parts of the federal government and a possible showdown over money for President Donald Trump ' s proposed U.S

Trump has issued ultimatums about wall funding before, with little impact, even with his own Republican Party in majority control of both the The fight over money for the wall was delayed until after the elections by including only temporary funding until Dec. 8 for some government services

Battle looms over funding for Trump's border wall© Getty Battle looms over funding for Trump's border wall The biggest fight looming for lawmakers in the lame-duck session is over President Trump's request to fully fund his proposed border wall, which he made a top priority while campaigning for GOP candidates this fall.

Republican leaders, leery of a partial government shutdown, are hesitant to push Trump's demand to the brink. But lawmakers acknowledge it will be tough to resist the president if he insists on a hardline position given his popularity with the GOP base.

Trump this week called on Congress to fully fund his border-wall proposal, setting the stage for a difficult negotiation that will stretch well into December.

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President Donald Trump is getting frustrated with his administration’s own demands for border wall funding . But Trump and most Republicans rebuffed that proposal to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Democrats are unlikely to provide billion for Trump ' s wall absent a

The conflict between President Trump and Congress escalated a day after he threatened to shut down the federal government over funding for a U. S .-Mexico border wall as well as targeted opponents in Congress, aggravating tensions as a difficult legislative agenda looms .

"We need the money to build the wall, the whole wall - not pieces of it all over," the president said at a White House press conference Wednesday. "I'd like to see the wall."

Democrats are staunchly opposed to the idea. They argue that it's bad policy and don't want to give Trump a major accomplishment that he can take into his 2020 reelection campaign.

Yet, after Trump hammered Democratic candidates repeatedly over border security during the 30 rallies he held after Labor Day, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) says he's willing to give something to Trump.

"On the general issue of border security, we've had great discussions in the appropriations process. They've been bipartisan," Schumer said Wednesday.

Schumer said "there are good agreements on border security and other things that are in the Homeland Security appropriation" and predicted Republican and Democratic leaders could "get something good done" as long as the president doesn't interfere.

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Trump threatens shutdown over wall , immigration 01:51. Washington (CNN) Even with the midterm elections looming , Republican Republican leaders managed to avoid a battle -- and the political peril of at least a partial government shutdown -- over border funding until after the November elections.

Trump wants funding to be included in a spending measure that would keep the government open past April 28 Trump ’ s push for fast action on his pledge to build the border wall is part of a mounting and, at It follows weeks of frustration within the White House over inaction and stalemates on Capitol Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he will push for Trump's border wall funding but has tried to manage expectations ahead of the lame-duck session, noting he needs Democratic cooperation.

"We're certainly going to try help the president achieve what he'd like to do with regard to the wall and border security and that obviously will have be done on some kind of bipartisan discussion," he said Wednesday, but added that he wants to avoid a partial government shutdown.

The wildcard will be Trump, who has in recent months threatened a government shutdown to force the Democrats' hand.

Asked Wednesday if he would pursue a shutdown strategy, Trump replied, "not necessarily."

The president had previously said in September that he would be willing to let the Department of Homeland Security shutter if necessary to fund his border wall.

"If it happens, it happens," he said. "If it's about border security, I'm willing to do anything. We have to protect our borders."

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on the looming battle over funding President Trump ' s potential wall along the border with Mexico.

US President Donald Trump says he’s considering vetoing the freshly-passed .3 trillion spending bill over immigration issues. He cited a lack of funding for his U.S. police officers are seen on top of a truck parked in front of a prototype of U.S. President Donald Trump ' s border wall , on the U.S. side of

Trump could have a strong ally in House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has proposed legislation to fully fund the border wall and is running to become minority leader in the next Congress, when Democrats will have control of the House.

Democrats say they are not optimistic about negotiating a deal with Trump on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in exchange for funding the border wall. Trump tried to end the Obama-era program, which protected from deportation illegal immigrants who came to the country as children, but courts have blocked those efforts.

Schumer offered trading a DACA fix for the border wall in January but then quickly rescinded when Trump didn't agree.

"As we've seen, the president's a very poor negotiator on those issues. He makes agreements and he backs off so we're sort of dubious of sitting down with the president and making that kind of exchange again when twice he's shaken hands and backed off," the Democratic leader said.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who is expected to become Speaker when the new Congress begins in early January, told The Wall Street Journal this week before the election results were in that she did not feel the need to concede anything to Trump on the border.

Senate Republicans to plead with Trump to cut a deal on the wall, keep the government open

Senate Republicans to plead with Trump to cut a deal on the wall, keep the government open The talks come ahead of a Dec. 7 deadline when government funding partially runs out.

Trump says his base ‘really wants’ a border wall . Polls show most Americans don’t. Administration officials and lawmakers of both parties on April 23 discussed funding for President Trump ' s project to build a border wall as the deadline for passing a government funding bill approaches.

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"Why would we compromise on the wall now?" she said.

Border security was a vulnerability for Senate Democratic candidates such as Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) in Tuesday's election.

Trump and his Republican allies hit those candidates on the issue repeatedly, with the Democrats scrambling to adopt the president's position.

McCaskill told voters "there's no daylight between myself and the president on border security" and Donnelly touted his support for Trump's border wall in an ad to voters, but the effort to tack to the right on the issue failed to protect them.

Montana state auditor Matt Rosendale, Tester's opponent, warned of Mexican meth coming across the border and having a devastating impact on local communities.

But now that McCaskill and Donnelly have lost, and Tester managed to squeak by to a victory, the issue is less of a vulnerability for Senate Democrats.

The electoral map is much more favorable for Democrats in 2020. Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.) and Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.) are the only Democrats running for reelection in the next cycle in states that Trump carried in 2016, and Michigan is still seen as Democratic territory after Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) won an easy reelection on Tuesday.

Instead, Schumer will feel more pressure from prominent liberals in his caucus such as Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who are angling for presidential runs and are in no mood to give Trump a big win ahead of 2020.

Mitch McConnell Upbeat About Path Forward for Border Funding After Meeting with Trump

Mitch McConnell Upbeat About Path Forward for Border Funding After Meeting with Trump Returning from a meeting with President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was optimistic about a deal on finishing off remaining spending bills without a shutdown showdown over building a wall at the border with Mexico. “We had a good discussion about funding the government and the other sort of end-of-year items, and we’re optimistic we’re going to be able to get that done, get the farm bill done and move on toward the conclusion of the session,” McConnell said. “We talked about border security, and how to resolve all this, and we’re optimistic we have a way forward,” the Kentucky Republican said. “And I’ll tell you when we get it.

While the White House seeks to calm jitters over a potential government shutdown, both Democrats and Republicans are digging in over funding for a yet to be built southern border wall . Jordan Fabian, White House correspondent for The Hill joins CBSN to discuss the implications of the budget battle

The SOTU Panel discusses the potential government shut down looming over border wall funding .

"Mr. President, we're never, ever going to build your stupid wall," Warren declared at the Netroots National Annual Conference last year.


‘This would be a very good time to do a shutdown,’ Trump says.
The president wants $5 billion for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, suggesting he may not sign a bill to keep the government open past Dec. 7 without it.

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