Trump again threatens gov't shutdown over border wall

President Trump over the weekend tweeted that he would shut down the federal government if Democrats do not agree to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

“I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for border security, which includes the Wall!” Trump tweeted on July 29.

House Republicans have released a spending bill that provides $5 billion next year to build the wall.

In May, Trump’s 2018 budget proposal included $2.6 billion for “border security,” in which Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said was the president’s first step to secure funding for a border wall. Cost estimates for the constructions of a wall have been be up to $21.6 billion.

Both Democrats and lawmakers have had objections to some of Trump’s immigration policy proposals and funding demands, but the recent efforts to reunite families that were separated at the border for attempting to enter the country illegally has struck a particular cord with Democrats who believe that Trump will plan to use the family separations as leverage for funding a border wall. reports that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that it would be unhelpful to shut down the government just before elections and wants both Democratic and should Republicans "try and avoid it."

If the votes are not secured to pass the spending bill by Sept. 30, the government will shutdown Oct. 1.

Reader comments

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

because criminals will let a pesky wall stop them from making millions of dollars.

Thu, Aug 9, 2018

shut down congress and the senate along with political and management minions. Let the regular workers go to work and perform their jobs to help the American taxpayers. Streamline the number of congressional and senator positions because that is where the major bloat is and is so cost ineffective since they do nothing worthwhile any way. Mitch, Nancy,Elizabeth Schumer, Ryan cant find real jobs so this is their only way to pretend they are making a difference.

Wed, Aug 1, 2018

So easy for a self-proclaimed billionaire to shut down the government. He isn't a low federal employee living paycheck to paycheck, a veteran in need of services, or a regular citizen who relies on the services our tax payer dollars pay for. He is nothing more than a bully who will stop at nothing to get his own way. What's next?? A border wall with Canada? After all, both people and drugs get smuggled in from the north as well as the south. hmmmm. Maybe in your next campaign you can declare Canada will pay for that wall and lie just like you did about Mexico. We all knew you couldn't force another country to pay for your rhetoric. How can this draft dodger get away with all his crap is way beyond me.

Wed, Aug 1, 2018 mm

Walls can't even keep drugs out of maximum security prisons, so that reason is bogus. As far as immigrants, legal or illegal, they aren't the ones causing the collapse of the economy in 2007 or from the festering trade war preventing investment and planning nor are immigrants putting pot holes in the highways.

Wed, Aug 1, 2018 Jenanne Michigan

Quit threatening to shut us down. We do our jobs while you play games there!Your campaign said Mexico would pay, now some of us lower paid employees are being put at risk with a shut down!

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