Trump Touts Beauty of Border Wall

Senate announces short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown

The White House signaled on Tuesday that it might accept less than the $5 billion that Mr. Trump originally wanted for the border wall.

"I don't know that anybody ever has any assurances from the White House on things like this", Pelosi said. OMB guidance states that two business days before a potential lapse, agencies need to notify employees of their work and pay status under a lapse - that is, if they are furloughed or excepted.

McConnell blamed the outcome on Democrats after they turned down a GOP offer yesterday that would have provided US$1.6 billion for border barriers and another US$1 billion for Trump to spend on other immigration priorities. "Not good!" Trump Tweeted.

Building a wall on the US-Mexico border was one of Trump's key promises throughout his presidential campaign.

But Schumer, speaking on the Senate floor, warned that the administration could not reprogram funds.

In an attempt to resolve the impasse this year, Trump and McConnell on December 18 proposed giving Trump a $1 billion fund that he could use at his discretion for border security.

Early Wednesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the president is considering a short-term border wall deal, but won't cave completely.

"He may - he'll take a look at that certainly", Conway told reporters outside the White House. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the group, said Trump should veto the funding bill if it passes.

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If there's no deal, there could be a partial shutdown at the end of Friday.

The Senate passed a continuing resolution on Wednesday evening to keep the government open until February 8.

The North Carolina Republican said one member who hadn't spoken in the conference in eight years stood up to speak Thursday and that Rep. Virginia Foxx's husband called her from back home to say you've got to get the wall done.

In a dramatic showdown, Trump told House Republican leaders Thursday that he will not back a Senate-passed spending measure to avert a partial federal shutdown because it lacks the money he is demanding for the wall. "We're going to have that fight, but we're going to have that fight after the midterms, '" Meadows said on the House floor. "Kicking the can down the road will not secure our border".

The stark contrast drew outrage from conservatives, who questioned why the USA should be increasing aid to its southern neighbors while the Trump administration struggles to wring border security funding out of Congress.

As the deadline draws near, Republicans appear to have lost hope that they'll be able to convince at least nine Democratic senators to reach the necessary 60 votes to get the border wall funding through.

"At the end of the day, we don't want to shut down the government", Sanders said on Fox News Channel. "I encourage the Senate to continue working to resolve our differences so we may move on to the important issues we have ahead of us in the new year". Still, it's unclear whether President Trump will sign the bill. Trump had said last week that he would be "proud" to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a down payment on the wall.

By postponing decisions on spending for the agencies that also includes the departments of Justice, Commerce, Interior and Agriculture, Democrats will be in a somewhat stronger bargaining position next year when they take majority control of the House.

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