Partial US government shutdown nears with Congress at impasse over Trump's wall

Partial US government shutdown nears with Congress at impasse over Trump's wall

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to avert government shutdown, President Donald Trump announced he would not sign a measure that didn't include $5 billion for his border wall.

One possibility Friday is that the Senate strips the border wall out of the bill but keeps the disaster funds and sends it back to the House. Leahy said Wednesday that he was confident it would pass. Instead he said it addresses a crisis at the border that includes illegal drug smuggling and increased apprehensions of people trying to cross illegally into the US from Mexico.

Donald Trump has implored McConnell to invoke the "nuclear option" in the Senate to pass a spending bill with a border wall budget before a government shutdown deadline.

So far, Democrats have stood firm, saying they will not support a spending measure that funds Trump's wall.

At noon on Thursday, as the Senate's continuing resolution was being debated on the House floor, Trump met with House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in the White House.

The pressure from Trump on Thursday came despite indications from the White House earlier in the week that the administration had found an alternative way to get the money needed for the wall. A simple majority is now used for judicial and executive nominations but does not apply to most legislation. "Deploying the nuclear option would blow that up". "Our Country is counting on you!", Trump tweeted, though McConnell has previously resisted the rules change.

McConnell has previously resisted Trump's calls for a rule change, and a spokesman is reiterating McConnell's opposition.

"I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership", Trump tweeted shortly after calling Ryan during a morning meeting of House Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has always been reluctant to deploy such an option for legislative options.

"The president is doing everything that he can to shut the government down".

But speaking just months ago, multiple Democrats signaled that they would vote for the border wall as they campaigned in so-called red states, or states that primarily vote Republican in presidential elections.

Trump remained ambiguous Thursday on whether he will sign a measure temporarily funding the government in order to avoid a year-end shutdown, as he lamented a lack of funding for his desired border wall.

This would allow the budget vote to pass by a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the 60 votes now required under filibuster rules.

Pundits say the "nuclear option" would politically inflame an upper chamber that prides itself on comity.

The GOP-led House passed legislation late Thursday along partisan lines to keep the government open through February 8 and deliver $5.7 billion for the wall.

A partial government shutdown could begin, with affected agencies limiting staff to those deemed "essential" to public safety.

But on Thursday afternoon, Trump summoned the House of Representatives' Republican leaders to the White House and insisted that deal be scuttled.

But as it's shaping up, the plan is expected to fall short in the Senate.

Trump this morning threatened a shutdown on Twitter if the Democrats don't agree to his demands.

In 2017, Senate Republicans "went nuclear" to sidestep a Democratic filibuster and confirm conservative U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Trump has demanded $5 billion to build a wall on the southern USA border with Mexico, his signature campaign promise.

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