Trump again threatens gov't shutdown over border wall
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jul 30, 2018
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.
Nbcnews.com 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.