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21 December 2018, 01:02 | Tara Lloyd
Senate spending bill: Senate approves bill to avoid government shutdown without $5 billion for border wall
But Democrats - and some Republicans - are refusing to budge saying border security can be achieved without a wall. What they are just beginning to realize is that I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has flawless Border Security.
Prior to the last budget impasse, President Trump offered congressional Democrats a surprisingly generous deal, offering to accept legal status for almost a million DACA recipients in exchange for funding of the border wall.
President Trump and House Republicans are facing their own "Read my lips" moment - and how they respond may well determine whether or not the President is reelected and House Republicans can regain the majority in the 2020 elections.
Early Wednesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the president is considering a short-term border wall deal, but won't cave completely. "U.S.A. WINS!" he added in another tweet.
Representative Steve Womack, an Arkansas Republican, said members are exhausted of leaders making all the decisions without consulting them.
But the Senate's passage of the short-term measure brings Washington one step closer to staving off a shutdown of some key federal agencies, set to expire at midnight on Friday, just days before Christmas. Meadows said it will become more hard to win the money next year when Democrats control the House.
It does not provide $5 billion Trump wanted for the wall.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says it's good news that President Donald Trump has apparently retreated from his demand that Congress pay for a border wall with Mexico. The House Republican leadership has canceled a press conference scheduled for Thursday.
Trump appeared to shelve his shutdown threats after promising a fight over the wall, a project central to his presidential campaign. "We want to keep the government open, but we also want to see an agreement that protects the border".
On "Fox and Friends" on Thursday, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said: "If we're not going to fight now, when are we going to fight?" "We want to shut down the border from illegal immigration".
He called on the president to veto the bill and renegotiate.
"This is a missed opportunity to pass full-year funding bills now", Pelosi said in a statement.
However, it's unclear if the new stop-gap spending bill will be able to actually pass through the House and Senate.
House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., confirmed to CNN'sRyan Nobles that House Republicans will add $5 billion in funding for border security and disaster relief to the current continuing resolution.
Congress faces a Friday midnight deadline for averting a partial shutdown of the federal government because they can not agree a spending plan.
Top Democrats hit back on that assessment, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-NY) who criticized the move Wednesday morning on the Senate floor.
The White House has said it's looking at other avenues to fund the wall. Many Republicans say it's up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal.
The Democrats are a party of con artists and fear mongers, but President Trump is no fool.
The standoff dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.
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