Donald Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Funding Border Wall
As the deadline to find funding for key parts of the federal government looms closer, President Donald Trump demanded Democrats and Republicans come together to fund his southern border wall, warning that he would shut the government down if he doesn’t get funding for the wall.
In a Friday morning tweet, President Trump demanded funding for his border wall as part of “a major Border Security package” just weeks before Congress’s December 7 deadline to avoid a government shutdown.
Republicans and Democrats MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for the Wall. After 40 years of talk, it is finally time for action. Fix the Border, for once and for all, NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2018
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The end-of-the-fiscal-year deadline was set in September when the federal government’s annual budget was up for review. In lieu of a government shutdown, President Trump and the Republican Party decided to pass a partial budget, leaving many final budgetary decisions until after the midterm elections. But in the wake of Democratic takeover of the House, opposition to Trump’s long promised border wall has soared.
Criminal justice reform, an item on the president’s agenda that he hopes to tick off before the December deadline, has a chance to receive bipartisan support, President Trump claims.
“Really good Criminal Justice Reform has a true shot at major bipartisan support. @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell and @senchuckschumer have a real chance to do something so badly needed in our country,” the president tweeted Friday. “Already past, with big vote, in House. Would be a major victory for ALL!”
Members of his own party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (R), do not believe that there is enough floor time to debate criminal justice reform before the lame duck session of Congress kicks over.
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