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Sunday, June 16, 2024

White House brings government shutdown closer

President Donald Trump’s White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller boards Air Force One. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties.

Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight Friday.

“We’re going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration,” White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday.

Asked if that meant having a government shutdown, he said: “If it comes to it, absolutely.”

President Donald Trump said last week he would be “proud” to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a $5 billion down payment to fulfill his campaign promise to build a border wall. But the president doesn’t have the votes from the Republican-controlled Congress to support funding for the wall at that level.

Both major political parties in Congress have suggested that Trump would likely need to make the next move to resolve the impasse. The House is taking an extended weekend break, returning Wednesday night. The Senate returns Monday after a three-day absence.

The Democratic congressional leaders, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, have proposed no more than $1.6 billion, as outlined in a bipartisan Senate bill. The money would not go for the wall but for fencing upgrades and other border security. Democrats also offered to simply keep funding at its current level, $1.3 billion.

Showing no signs of budging, Schumer said Sunday that it was up to Trump to decide whether the federal government will partially shut down, sending thousands of federal employees home without pay during the holidays.

About one-quarter of the government would be affected, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks.

“He is not going to get the wall in any form,” Schumer said.

Trump had neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats’ proposal as of Friday, according to the Democrats, telling them he would take a look. Trump will need Democratic votes either way, now or in the new year, for passage.

Trump, during his 2016 presidential campaign, promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico refused.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, said Republicans remain hopeful they can come up with a proposal that can be acceptable to Trump and pass both chambers. He suggested that could take the form of a stopgap bill that extends funding until January or a longer-term bill that includes money for border security.

“There are a lot of things you need to do with border security,” he said. “One is a physical barrier but also the technology, the manpower, the enforcement, all of those things, and our current laws are in some ways an incentive for people to come to this country illegally, and they go through great risk and possibly great harm.”

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, urged senators to revisit a bill she helped push earlier this year that would provide $2.5 billion for border security, including physical barriers as well as technology and border patrol agents.

Schumer declined to say whether Democrats would be willing to consider proposals other than the two options that he and Pelosi offered.

Republicans “should join us in one of these two proposals, which would get more than enough votes passed and avoid a shutdown,” Schumer said. “Then, if the president wants to debate the wall next year, he can. I don’t think he’ll get it. But he shouldn’t use innocent workers as hostage for his temper tantrum.”

Miller and Barrasso spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Schumer appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and Collins was on ABC’s “This Week.”


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4 thoughts on “White House brings government shutdown closer”

  1. There’s also the National Parks, and the National Museums, those little details that Mom and Dad packed up the RV, Junior Mr,, Junior Miss, and the dog to go visit this holiday season. They’re going to be a bit peeved when they get there and they’re all closed.


    As an aside, this is just moronic:
    “”… to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration,” White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday.”.

    The crisis was manufactured, and building a wall is not going to stop it. If you really insist on pissing away five billion of the taxpayer’s dollars, there’s better ways. [eg., buy five F35s or half an aircraft carrier [snigger]] J.

  2. All he can shutdown are the Executive Branch agencies. That includes Homeland Security, ICE, and the Border Patrol. Caravans would POUR in! Trump would look like even more of a moron.

    Budget bills have to start in the House. If Congress can pass an essential budget bill with veto-proof majorities, Trump has no say in it. Most budget bills do pass with strong majorities. It would not be that hard to get 2/3.

    • To be honest, I’m wasn’t aware that all he could shut down would be those agencies in the Exec. Branch. I’m hoping that he shuts anything down he can and say it was the Dem’s fault. His credibility is almost shot with the American public anyway.

  3. Trump will never shut the government down. It’s been proven in the past that what he says and what he does are two totally different things. He really doesn’t have the balls to do it and actually take personal responsibility for it. Remember, the Republican party is really big on personal responsibility. Right. He doesn’t have the balls. And if he can find a pair and the government is shut down? It’s the fault of the Democrats.

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