Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

White House budget director claims that a government shutdown is possible!

White House budget director claims that a government shutdown is possible!

The Democratic leadership rejected an earlier demand by the White House that the measure include $1 billion as a down payment on President Donald Trump's border wall between the United States and Mexico, pledging to block a funding extension and allow large parts of the federal government to shut down unless the border wall allocation was removed. It appears Trump has taken the Democrats to the 11th hour by making them think the fight over the budget would be all about the border wall.

He added that funding the government for fiscal 2018, which begins October 1, will be worse with the need for a new budget deal to lift spending caps and the need to lift the debt ceiling on the agenda.

But on Tuesday night, some leading Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate expressed optimism that Congress could pass the longer-term bill and avoid having to rely on another temporary extension of last year's funding levels. "Hopefully we'll reach that agreement sometime in the next couple of days", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday.

The government will shut down at midnight on Saturday, the President's 100th day in office if Congress can not agree on a spending bill.

Trump said Monday that he would consider getting his funding for the wall in the fall, instead of as part of the spending bill.

SHORT-TERM OPTION The border wall, which Trump says is the best way to halt the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the country, was a signature election pledge past year.

If no spending bill is approved before the deadline, the federal government will be forced to shut down.

Another day, another apparent flip-flop from President Trump.

BENNETT: Democrats have long said they will not back President Trump's pet project.

Short-term funding measures, known as continuing resolutions and covering periods of days or weeks, have been used to avert shutdowns in the past.

And while Trump has repeatedly asserted that he will get the US's neighbor to pay for building the wall, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray repeated in a meeting with legislators that Mexico's won't pay a cent for it. "It would remove the prospect of a needless fight over a poison-pill proposal that members of both parties don't support", Sen.

Appearing before the global relations commission in the lower house of Congress, Videgaray unleashed uncharacteristically tough talk on Donald Trumps demand that Mexico pay for building a border wall, telling lawmakers that Mexico would not put a peso towards the construction costs. Democrats, lacking the votes to pass a bill themselves, have taken a hard line on the spending bill, denying Trump and Republicans a number of policy priorities, including defunding Planned Parenthood, restricting money for immigration "sanctuary cities", and blowing up the subsidy program for the Affordable Care Act. "What Trump is saying is if we need to get this done, then I'll delay the spending on the wall until September".

It says Trudeau "refuted the baseless allegations" by the U.S. Commerce Department about Canadian lumber.

Trump again on Monday hammered its importance on Twitter, but stopped short of threatening a veto: "The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!"

The failures of big government under George W. Bush bred the Tea Party; now the more relatable and emotionally cathartic politics of The Wall are in vogue.

On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared that the Democrats would not approve a penny for the border wall, which she called "immoral, expensive, unwise".

When Salama pressed Spicer on whether the wall will be delayed until 2018, he responded "No, no, no, I never--no one said delayed".

President Donald Trump could soon sign a bill to avoid a government shutdown that carries few of his priorities, including money for his much-touted wall at the southern border with Mexico.

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