Trump assures constructing the wall against Mexico border

Trump assures constructing the wall against Mexico border

Trump assures constructing the wall against Mexico border

Democrats have leverage because Republicans lack the votes in the Senate to pass spending legislation on their own and because Republican leadership fears the GOP would be blamed for a government shutdown.

But negotiators rejected Trump's demands for $1 billion to begin construction of his promised wall along the length of the 2,000-mile (3218.54-kilometer) U.S. -Mexico border. "And we're pleased that the president has indicated that he is backing off from a wall".

Technically, due to Republicans solid majorities in the House, they do not need Democratic votes to pass the bill through the lower chamber, but Democrats could filibuster any legislation in the Senate.

If Congress can not agree to either a short stopgap funding bill or a longer-term one by midnight Friday, federal agencies will run out of money and likely have to abruptly lay off hundreds of thousands of federal government workers until an appropriations bill is enacted.Many policymakers are nervous about a repeat of 2013, when the government was shuttered for 17 days.Even though Trump's fellow Republicans control both chambers of Congress, they only have 52 seats in the Senate.

The border wall was one of Trump's signature election pledges past year, with the Republican touting it as best way to stop illegal immigrants and drugs from coming into the country. Democrats, he said, had agreed to funding for border security, though not "bricks and mortar".

As for blocking the flow of undocumented aliens, such crossings have slowed significantly since Mr. Trump took office with his hard-line rhetoric and policies, but with no wall.

Asked if Trump would sign a spending bill that does not include money for the wall, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told Fox News on Sunday: "We don't know yet". "And we'll continue to ask for more in FY18", he said.

Democrats vowed not to give up, either, and look forward to the fight.

Club for Growth, a D.C. -based conservative advocacy group that also pressured Republicans to reject Obamacare spending in 2013, is focused on health care and a tax overhaul and "seeing progress continued on both of those fronts", said Doug Sachtleben, a spokesman for the group.

Meanwhile, Trump appeared poised to procure about $15 billion to boost the military. If Democrats thought their opposition to the border wall would demoralize the president, they are in for a rude awakening. They are the subject of a lawsuit between House Republicans and the Obama administration that President Donald Trump inherited.

Some of the spending items he put at the top of the Democrats' wish list included the Obamacare payments, an extension of health care coverage for miners and measures to deal with Puerto Rico's budget crisis.

Democrats have remained opposed to allocating funds for a wall and Republicans need their support to pass the spending bill.

And some Republicans have balked at the estimated cost of $21.6bn - more than the price tag the president cited as $12bn.

"There is no reason that we should not be able to hit that - if not beat it", Ross said at the White House news briefing.

And while Trump has repeatedly asserted that he will get the U.S.'s neighbor to pay for building the wall, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray repeated in a meeting with legislators that Mexico's won't pay a cent for it. Those include mandates that insurers charge healthy and seriously ill customers the same premiums and cover specified services like hospitalization and emergency room visits.

"The pro-amnesty people are trying to redefine the word 'wall, '" said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

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