The Senate advanced the House-passed spending bill that contains $5.7-B in Wall funding Friday.
The Senate passed a motion to proceed on the House-passed continuing resolution (CR), 48-47, that includes $5.7-B in border Wall funding, which will put the spending bill to a full floor vote.
Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie on the motion to proceed, which will allow the Senate to vote on the legislation.
Senate Democrats led by Chuck Schumer (D:NY) are in opposition to President Donald Trump’s call for a border Wall showing Americans that they would rather stop or President’ agenda rather than keep our country safe.
“This is common sense,” Representative Jim Jordan (R:OH) and Freedom Caucus member said on TV, while complaining that top Democrats, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D:NY), have voted for Wall funding in the past.
The left, he added, is “more focused on stopping the President than they are in helping their country,” and he agrees with President Trump that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should get rid of a filibuster rule requiring 60 votes to pass bills, as the GOP still holds a Senate majority.
The looming government shutdown is not really a shutdown, but instead has to do with the priorities of lawmakers, Representative Todd Rokita, (R-IN) said in a TV interview Thursday.
Mr. Rokita from the House floor about the shutdown threat that grew more dire after President Trump said he would not sign the current spending bill being floated because it fails to address border security.
“Nancy Pelosi is gonna take over,” Mr. Rokita said. “This is our last chance to protect us as a sovereign nation, to offer border security to the American people — which they overwhelmingly want. So, I am just pleased, at least for a brief reprieve, that we’re still in the game here and that through the leadership of guys like Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, other Freedom Caucus Members, and even conservatives who are not in the Freedom Caucus – like myself – we’ve been able to let this go into extra innings.”
President Trump and other conservatives want several billion dollars included in the Homeland Security budget that can be used to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. The current deal struck between Republicans and Democrats is a short-term spending bill that would put off the Wall funding debate for several weeks
On Wednesday, Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway insisted that President Trump’s stance on a government shutdown is not about building a border Wall, but about border security, and said he will never back down from that fight, even as signs grow that a continuing resolution that will fund the government could be in the works.
“Let’s not all acquiesce to the ridiculous soundbite that this is about a wall,” Mrs. Conway said in a national TV interview.
“They are trying to make a Wall a 4-letter word when the President has been talking about border security all along, as have the Democrats until he became President.”
She also denied that President Trump is softening his stance.
“He has a responsibility to keep the government moving and he has responsibility to get border security,” she said. “If he could do it by himself, he would have done it already.”
President Trump has stressed that he remains determined to get $5-B for Wall construction, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has argued The Trump Administration is “extremely flexible” about reaching a spending deal.
President Trump Tweeted Wednesday morning, shortly after Mrs. Conway’s TV appearance, about the Wall, saying “one way or the other, we will win on the Wall!” and that Mexico will pay indirectly for it through the new USMCA trade deal.
In another point, Mrs. Conway said, the border is porous, and that has gotten worse since “those Democrats voted for border security 12 years ago. He will continue to fight for that funding. He said in a Tweet overnight it is not just a Wall.”
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