Trump meeting with House Republicans amid border wall showdown

Trump meeting with House Republicans amid border wall showdown

It goes next to the House.

Meanwhile, Trump's supporters have taken measures into their own hands, pledging at least $3 million to a "build the wall" GoFundMe.

"Or, rather I should say, that is the $5 billion question", he added.

He added shortly thereafter, "With so much talk about the Wall, people are losing sight of the great job being done on our Southern Border by Border Patrol, ICE and our great Military". Urging him to veto, Trump's critics argue he will have even less leverage when Democrats take control of the House on January 3, and they worry that the unfilled pledge for a U.S. -Mexico border wall could hamper his re-election campaign. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, would not be affected by any government shutdown because it's an independent agency. While she expressed openness to additional funds for issues like disaster aid, she said wall funding would be a dealbreaker for Democrats.

"Who would want to shut the government down?" he said.

He dismissed concerns over a government shutdown, noting that the vast majority of the government's essential functions will remain operational. A Republican Senator, asked how they avoid a shutdown, texted a simple shrug emoji: ¯\_ (ツ) _/¯.

"Now we'll see what the Senate and the House, what they come together and present to the president".

The stopgap bill, which now goes to the House, would keep the government funded through February 8th. That bill passed the Senate with 80 votes. He calls it "a simple measure" to show that Republicans are governing.

Congress has already finalized the 2019 budget for about three-quarters of the federal government, as a partial funding lapse on Friday night would impact about 800,000 federal workers.

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Trump says a "powerful physical barrier" is "essential to border security" and that "every nation has not only the right, but the absolute duty to protect its borders".

"The wall won't be resolved no matter what we do because we aren't going to do the wall", House Minority Whip Steny B. Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters. "U.S.A. WINS!" Trump tweeted on Thursday morning.

Senate Democrats insist that they will not accept more than $1.6 billion for border security, and they're threatening to punish the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), if the President doesn't capitulate.

The question of averting a partial shutdown of the federal government has moved from the Senate to the House.

The White House has said it's looking at other avenues to fund the wall.

"Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!" he tweeted on Wednesday (Thursday NZT).

"We just had a very long, productive meeting with the president", Ryan told reporters after a handful of House Republicans huddled with the president for more than an hour.

Right-wing columnist Ann Coulter - author of In Trump We trust - recently opined that the president will not be re-elected without a wall.

Complicating matters for Republicans is that a number of House and Senate members are not in town, making it even more hard to the find the votes to act on any new, substantive legislation. Meadows and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, two of the House's most conservative members, are among the Republican leaders going to a midday White House meeting.

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