President Trump is patiently waiting for the Democrats to return to Washington, many from lavish vacations, and get to work.
The Democrats are locked in a shutdown battle with Trump and they think Trump will cave. He will not, as Pelosi will certainly learn after she finally offered a counter-proposal to Trump to keep the government open.
Predictably, it fell way short of what Trump wants and is basically a non-starter. Try again, Nancy.
From The AP: House Democrats are unveiling legislation to reopen the government without money for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
The House is preparing to vote on the package Thursday when the new Congress convenes. This is according to an aide who was not authorized to discuss the plan publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
It will include one bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Feb. 8, with $1.3 billion for border security.
The package will also include six other bipartisan bills to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. Some have already passed the Senate. Those bills will provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to Sept. 30.
President Donald Trump is insisting he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite differing public assertions by three of his advisers.
Trump tweeted Monday: “An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media.” He adds: “Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides).”
Outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Sunday that Trump abandoned the notion of “a solid concrete wall early on in the administration.” Kelly said, “To be honest, it’s not a wall.”
From The Hill: The funding package will include two separate bills: one extending current funding levels for the Department of Homeland Security until Feb. 8, and the other including the six remaining bills with full funding through the end of the fiscal year.
Border security funding would remain at $1.3 billion, much lower than the $5 billion called for by the White House, under the continuing resolution (CR), following bipartisan Senate legislation, The Washington Post first reported on Monday.
“It makes sure we can get everybody paid on time,” the aide said.
Separating the bills will put pressure on President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to at least pass the six-bill package and would reopen most of the government.
It also extends the wall fight for a month, which could allow Trump a face-saving off-ramp to tell his base that he has not abandoned the struggle for the project.
From ABC: Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is close to the president, emerged from a Sunday lunch at the White House to tell reporters that “the wall has become a metaphor for border security” and referred to “a physical barrier along the border.”
Graham said Trump was “open-minded” about a broader immigration agreement, saying the budget impasse presented an opportunity to address issues beyond the border wall. But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of “Dreamers” — young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — broke down last year as a result of escalating White House demands.
Graham told CNN before his lunch with Trump that “there will never be a deal without wall funding.”