President Donald Trump has threatened to force a shutdown of the federal government this fall if Congress doesn't fund his proposed border wall with Mexico-and it is an idea that is nearly universally opposed by congressional Democrats as well as by a key bloc of Republicans.
If President Donald Trump wants to pass key items on his legislative agenda, he will need the support of his fellow Republicans. Leadership is also preparing to pass a short-term spending bill - a continuing resolution - that would fund the government through mid-December, include no appropriations for Trump's border wall, and continue funding to Planned Parenthood, the conservative strategists told TheDCNF. "There is zero chance - no chance - we won't raise the debt ceiling", McConnell said in August.
The House has already passed a spending bill with funding for the wall.
But Ryan downplayed the prospect of a government shutdown, the Post noted.
"If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", Trump said. In Trump's view, it makes him look like a strong leader who is willing to stand up against a weak Congress.
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Trump's salvo ran counter to efforts this week by the White House and McConnell's office to play down reports of discord.
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Congressional leaders and the president haven't really begun negotiations on the continuing resolution ― or, for that matter, the debt limit, which the US government is due to hit some time in October ― but Democrats have been emphatic for months that they would not vote for a spending bill that funds new construction on a wall. Most people - Trump's base excluded - don't want the wall, don't think the wall will happen, don't think Congress will pay for the wall and, obviously, don't think Mexico's going to pay for it, either. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., with whom Trump is feuding, won't commit to including that $1.6 billion in the Senate version. "He cares about that more than many other things". That means that eight Democrats are controlling all of this legislation. Trump will have to take the blame for the shutdown himself, as McConnell will be able to point at their spending budget and Trump's own comments concerning the shutdown.
Past government shutdowns have proved very unpopular among Americans, who might not like the government much but seem to be even unhappier when national parks, museums and other government operations are not open for business. This year, their chief demand: Not a dime for Trump's border wall.