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The spending measure currently circulating through Congress to fund the government and avoid a possible shutdown looks to be dead on arrival.
At this moment, Trump is in a surprise noon meeting with Republican House lawmakers to try a last-ditch effort to guarantee funding for border security, something Democrats in Congress unanimously oppose.
The White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, released the following statement:
“The president is having a meeting with Republican House members at noon today. At this moment, the president does not want to go further without border security, which includes steel slats or a wall. The president is continuing to weigh his options.”
From Fox News:
A potential deal on Capitol Hill to avert a government shutdown with a short-term spending measure hit a roadblock Thursday as the White House said President Trump “does not want to go further” with anything that does not include funding for border security. …
Congress faces a Friday deadline to fund a portion of the government or risk a partial shutdown. Lawmakers had been at a standstill over the president’s demands for $5 billion to fund the border wall.
But the Senate late Wednesday approved an interim spending bill that would keep several key departments of the federal government funded through February and avert a partial shutdown. It now heads to the House.
The stopgap measure, though, doesn’t include new funding for a border wall – something Democrats have opposed.
It remains unclear whether Trump would sign or veto the measure if the House approves it, but the Thursday statement signaled Trump may seek changes.
Conservatives in the House already said they won’t support a spending package that doesn’t fund the president’s border wall. …
Things seem to be coming to a head as we speak. Trump seems determined to get funding for the border wall, but the question is:
Is there enough time? The final countdown has already started.
There’s more, from the Washington Times:
Mr. Trump suggested he was betrayed by “leadership” on Capitol Hill who had promised after a another spending bill earlier this year he would get border security money.
“It didn’t happen! We foolishly fight for border security for other countries – but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!” the president said via Twitter. …
Mr. Trump, in his tweet, didn’t say which party’s “leadership” he felt betrayed him, but the GOP has been in control of Congress for the last two years, and has struggled to deliver on his demands for cash for a wall. …
When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership. Would be done by end of year (NOW). It didn’t happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries – but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Stay true to your word President Trump!
— CC (@ChatByCC) December 20, 2018
FREEDOM HAS RUNG!
LADDERS HAVE RUNGS!
Climb over Hate with ladders of love!https://t.co/XNqHVOXsKZ
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) December 20, 2018
As I recall, YOU promised that the wall would be paid for by Mexico. How's that promise coming?
— Peter David (@PeterDavid_PAD) December 20, 2018
Please don't sign it, unless we get our wall, Mr. President!…
— Tommy (@birdman8272) December 20, 2018
The liberal Democrats and Republican rhinos do nothing but protect illegal aliens and their own political interests they care nothing for the America people. at least President Trump is trying to protect Americans and he has my support for it always 😉👍🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/VjFbw96LXJ
— David🇺🇸 (@Dragonstar028) December 20, 2018
Don’t sign the spending bill. Get the wall funding. We are behind you!
— Granville Hayworth (@granville0600) December 20, 2018
This is why we voted for you! Stand your ground Mr. President!
— Mess to Masterpiece (@daniellelbane) December 20, 2018
— Jenny Beth Martin (@jennybethm) December 20, 2018
Don't sign this one without the Wall!! We want the wall…
— Scott Blessing (@ScottBlessing) December 20, 2018
Stand firm! No funding without border security! Don’t cave to Dems!
— Pat O'Sullivan (@OSulPat) December 20, 2018
PLEASE DO NOT SIGN THIS SPENDING BILL!!#BuildTheWall
— #ShoveItUpUranium 🎸🤘🏻🇺🇸 (@TheBeaSmith) December 20, 2018
What do you think? Should President Trump veto the spending bill and hold firm on getting funding for the border wall? Or should he compromise to avoid a partial government shutdown?
We’ll know soon enough.
To be continued…