Negotiations to avert another government shutdown abruptly fell apart over the weekend, raising the risk of another shuttering of services, a stopgap funding bill or a declaration by President Donald Trump of a national emergency at the southern border. Trump agreed to reopen the government for three weeks to see whether Republicans and Democrats could strike a deal on border security. But the prospect of that is dimming.
As President Trump’s third government shutdown continues the incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said it is ‘very possible’ that the shutdown will last past December 28th. The shutdown came amid disagreements between Democrats and the Trump administration about the border wall. The shutdown could continue until the new Congress begins in January.
Following government shutdown, Thursday night, due to failure to meet the budget deadline, the Senate approved a major budget deal to keep the government open, early Friday morning. Congress later approved the deal ending the shutdown, and the measure was sent to the President for his signature. This is the second time in six weeks that the federal government has been officially closed.
A partial government shutdown caused by an impasse over Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border will continue into 2019 after both chambers of Congress adjourned on Thursday without acting to end the closure. The president accused the Democrats on Thursday morning of “obstruction” for failing to go along with his wall idea and asserted that Democrats “know it [the wall] is really needed”.
Congressional negotiators announced an “agreement in principle” Monday night on a broad spending bill they hope will satisfy President Donald Trump’s demands for additional border barriers and avert another government shutdown at the end of this week. The tentative deal includes $1.375 billion for physical barriers — a type of fencing that resembles the “steel slats” that Trump has specifically called for, according to a congressional aide briefed on the talks. It includes a total of 55 miles, which is just 9 miles shy of Trump’s last budget request.
The Senate undermined President Trump’s border wall plan by passing a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown and fund federal operations through February 8, 2019. A government shutdown was looming due to disputes over allocating $5 billion for a border wall. The House will vote on the bill on Thursday before the Friday shutdown deadline.
A scheduled private negotiation between President Trump and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi turned into a tense televised exchange. Trump vowed to block full government funding if Democrats do not allocate money for a wall on the southwestern border. The deadline to reach an agreement and avoid a government shutdown is December 21st.
The Senate voted, Monday, ending the three-day government shutdown, allowing a spending bill to fund the government through February 8th. The vote also included agreements to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, roll back several healthcare taxes, and ensure that a Senate vote for immigration measures will take place in mid-February.
The Senate blocked dueling bills to fund the government on Thursday, leaving no clear path to ending the longest government shutdown ever. Both a Republican-backed proposal and a measure supported by Democrats did not get the 60 votes needed to pass. Some bipartisan senators mounted calls for a bill to fund the government for three weeks while they find a larger immigration agreement. In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said a three-week continuing resolution “would only work if there is a large down payment on the wall.”
President Donald Trump said he is nearing a decision to declare a national emergency on the southern border, which he visited in person Thursday despite earlier reservations about taking the trip. The President warned as he departed the White House he would take the step — which would be subject to immediate legal challenge — if talks with Democrats continue to crumble. Trump stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leaders a day earlier, insisting they weren’t ready to deal.