Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Congress delays government shutdown fight for two weeks

Congress delays government shutdown fight for two weeks

Washington is on the brink of another government shutdown, with Democrats and Republicans sparring over funding President Donald Trump's signature (and unfulfilled) campaign promise, with government funding set to expire on December 7 at midnight.

Even some Republicans balk at spending more than the $1.6 billion for fencing and other security improvements already provided.

On Monday, the president again attacked Democrats for their aversion to his wall, saying on Twitter that the government "would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall".

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There was a fear that President Donald Trump might shut down the government because he hasn't received the requested funding for his US-Mexico border wall.

Trump wants $5 billion; Democrats in the Senate have agreed to only $1.6 billion for border barriers and security, and do not want to provide more.

A December 7 partial government shutdown had appeared possible, but Trump told reporters on Air Force One Saturday he would be willing to sign a two-week government funding extension to allow for ceremonies honoring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.

Most legislation requires 60 votes on the Senate floor, meaning Republicans - who now hold a narrow two-seat majority - will need Democrats to help pass any spending bills. The White House is expecting that to be between 7 and 14 days, said a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

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The Senate, narrowly controlled by Republicans, would also have to approve the measure this week, which would continue funding for several agencies at last year's levels.

The change in tone is likely fueled Bush family assurances that the 41st President's funeral would be free of political tension and the anti-Trump sentiment that permeated McCain's funeral, the Washington Post reported.

The president also said that Melania Trump will be giving former first lady Laura Bush a tour of the White House Christmas decorations Tuesday.

A group of border-state House Democrats sent Schumer a letter last week expressing opposition to any funding for the wall, which they said would separate local communities and antagonize Mexico.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby said Monday that the new funding deadline has "raised the stakes" for negotiators working on the seven remaining spending bills.

McConnell told reporters in Louisville on Saturday it's up to Trump "to do a deal with the Democrats".

Most of the federal government has been funded for the fiscal year that runs through September 30, 2019, but the stalemate is over wall funds and other remaining federal agencies. Federal funding for those is set to expire at midnight on Friday.

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