Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Congress seeks extension to avert shutdown - 12/3/2018 4:30:23 PM

Donald Trump Congress, Trump Look To Put Budget Fight On Hold Until After Bush Funeral
Ellis Copeland | 06 December, 2018, 20:27

Congressional leaders introduced a two-week funding bill Monday to avert a partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump's border wall, as business in the Capitol came to a standstill for ceremonies honoring former President George H.W. Bush. And even some Republicans balk at spending more than the $1.6 billion for fencing and other security improvements already provided.

The latest report suggests that congressional leaders, including Republican leaders, will propose and soon vote on a two-week stopgap funding bill that will fund the government through December 21; conservatives worry that such a tight deadline before Christmas will make it hard to secure $5 billion in border wall funding.

Central American migrants planning to surrender to US border guards climb over the USA border wall from Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, late Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

The president invited the top Democratic leaders, Sen.

Democrats have little interest in providing the $5 billion Trump wants for the border with Mexico.

Instead of continuing the debate over money for a wall and border security, Republicans and Democrats spent the weekend negotiating the terms of an agreement that would delay the original Friday deadline.

However, Trump's border wall plans are facing extreme opposition, with Cards Against Humanity joining Democrats, environmentalists and immigrant advocates in the fight to prevent the United States president from building a wall.

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"I would absolutely consider it and probably give it", Trump told reporters. The meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for December 11, said a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Republicans leading the House and Senate support Trump's aggressive push for funding. He said, "I think that's the path to getting a signature and avoiding a government shutdown".

Trump said he's likely to sign the short-term CR into law, which would prevent a partial shutdown of operations at the nine Cabinet departments and dozens of smaller agencies still without full-year appropriations.

The president also said that Melania Trump will be giving former first lady Laura Bush a tour of the White House Christmas decorations Tuesday.

Lawmakers say they're close to finalizing six of the remaining seven bills.

Hoyer then told reporters that he could he could help draft border security language in such a vague manner to appease most of his Democrat caucus.

Almost three-quarters of the federal government has been funded for the fiscal year that runs through September 30, 2019, but the stalemate remains over wall funding and several remaining federal agencies. Federal funding for those expires at midnight on Friday.

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