Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

As budget deadline looms, Trump pushes border wall funding

As budget deadline looms, Trump pushes border wall funding

"100 percent", then-candidate Trump promised on the campaign trail.

"It's good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations", Schumer said late on Monday.

"The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members", Trump tweeted.

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".

"There is a risk of a partial federal shutdown, but we believe the risk is fairly low next week, rising slightly if the debate is pushed into May, and rising further still later this year", Phillips said.

In the last week of the administration's first 100 days, President Donald Trump and his overworked White House staff are sprinting furiously to hit the historic milestone on a high note - even as the threat of a government shutdown looms. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont and top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is leading the negotiations.

"We will build the wall". -Mexico border, the White House confirmed. He added: "I don't think anybody expects us to roll out bill language on Wednesday".

GOP leaders warn, however, that it would be exceedingly hard for Republicans controlling Congress to give in to Democratic demands to include the cost-sharing payments - they help low-income people with copayments and other out-of-pocket "Obamacare" costs - at the same time Republicans are trying to repeal major pieces of "Obamacare".

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly are still confident that Trump will do whatever it takes to avoid a government shutdown.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, who has a key role providing Democratic votes to pass the legislation, welcomed Trump's reported shift on the wall.

"I got the impression that the White House is sort of softening their stance" on certain policy attachments, said one House Democratic aide.

What happens in a shutdown?

MARCO RUBIO: The last thing we can afford is to send a message to the world that the United States government, by the way, is only partially functioning. Funding to run federal agencies will run out on Friday. In the United States they call this a furlough. "Now, we have government not closing".

By early last week, some in the White House began to push back on that approach. "This bill should have been written past year". But there is still no replacement bill that's palatable to enough Republicans to pass the House.

If no deal is agreed on spending, parts of the federal government will shut down at 12.01am on Saturday.

On top of that, Trump insists he won't go quietly even if Republicans and Democrats cut a deal.

The White House also scrambled to temper expectations over the weekend after Trump on Friday promised a "big announcement" on tax reform this week, which aides said would simply outline the administration's "broad principles and priorities" - broad strokes Trump already laid out during his campaign. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. and head of the conservative Freedom Caucus and Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J. and co-chair of the centrist Tuesday Group, are working to bridge the gap between the conservative and moderate Republicans to help amass 216 Republican House votes in support of a compromise.

In 2013, at a time of peak conservative fury at Mr. Obama, some Republicans did not seem to mind positioning themselves as faces of the shutdown, which supplied a soapbox for ambitious hard-liners like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

If no spending measure covering April 29 to September 30 is in place before 12:01 a.m. (0401 GMT) on Saturday, government funds will halt and hundreds of thousands of the country's several million federal employees will be temporarily laid off.

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