Congress Nears Deal Pushing Shutdown Deadline to Just Before Christmas

Congress Nears Deal Pushing Shutdown Deadline to Just Before Christmas

President Donald Trump is keeping the pressure on congressional Democrats over funding for his promised border wall.

The two sides were heading for a showdown December 7 when funding for a portion of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, is set to expire.

"We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall", Trump tweeted without evidence Monday.

President Trump writes in his tweet, complimenting the official proceedings which have been closely planned between the Bush team and Trump White House.

Trump was gearing up for a showdown as he sought billions for the construction of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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.

Lawmakers plan to send a two-week extension of interim government funding to President Donald Trump this week, putting their fight over border wall funding on hold to mourn the death of former President George H.W. Bush.

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.

President Trump said he would probably go along with a short-term funding extension, and Roll Call notes that such an extension can be passed quickly by voice vote.

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While Democrats prefer a one-week extension, they signaled they would not object to a two-week delay. Schumer has suggested about $3 billion for the wall - the $1.6 billion already offered along with the remaining $1.3 billion from this fiscal year the administration has not yet spent - and has said the country shouldn't have to endure a shutdown over "Trump's temper tantrum".

Bush said Trump and Congress' devotion of time to his grandfather's legacy reflects the late president's commitment to bipartisanship.

The GOP-led House has not yet approved a Homeland Security funding bill.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, predicted that Democrats would be blamed for any shutdown, though Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the government over wall funding.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that they could support up to $1.6 billion in border security, not border wall funding, "that was included in a bipartisan Senate bill".

The demand has raised the prospects of a possible government shutdown beyond the deadline.

McConnell told reporters in Louisville on Saturday it's up to Trump "to do a deal with the Democrats". Federal funding for those is set to expire at midnight on Friday.

Almost three-quarters of the federal government has been funded for the fiscal year that runs through September 30, 2019, but the stalemate remains over wall funding and several remaining federal agencies.

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