WASHINGTON – The two top Democrats in Congress head to the White House on Tuesday to get a meeting with President Donald Trump, while the two sides work to end the deadlock on border security financing and approves must pass the spending law by the end of the year.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D Calif., will take a seat with Trump in the oval office with less than fourteen days until several government departments and agencies operate out of money.
Trump is demanding that Congress give him $5 billion to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and has cautioned that he’d be willing to close the government unless Congress allocates the complete amount.
Lawmakers have till midnight Dec. 21 to solve the dispute or threat a partial government shutdown.
Our nation can’t manage a Trump shutdown, especially currently of economic instability, the Democratic leaders said. This holiday seasonthe president knows full well that his wall proposal doesn’t have the votes to pass the House and the Senate and shouldn’t be an obstacle to bipartisan agreement.
Budget talks have been on pause pending Trump’s meeting with Schumer and Pelosi. A brief term spending bill which has maintained the government operating expired last Friday.
The bills that require approval will finance The Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transport and Housing and Urban Development, in addition to several smaller agencies.
These are the departments and agencies that could be impacted if there’s a partial government shutdown.
Constructing a wall along the U.The Mexican border was one of Trump’s critical guarantees through the 2016 presidential campaign. Though at that time he explained repeatedly that Mexico would cover the wall,” Trump is currently demanding that Congress provide $5 billion to erect the barrier.
Could someone please explain to the Democrats that our Country losses 250 billion dollars a year on illegal immigration, not including the terrible drug flow, he tweeted last week. Top Border Security, including a WallStreet, is $25 Billion.
House Republicans have endorsed the call of Trump for the funding. The House Appropriations Committee approved the spending.
Schumer was adamant that Democrats won’t provide the entire $5 billion. What is more, the $1.6 billion the Senate has earmarked can’t be utilized to build any part of a border wall,” Schumer said a week ago, adding that the money might be spent only on fencing where required and for technology now deployed in the border.
Pelosi, who’s predicted to become House speaker when Democrats retake the majority in that chamber in January, proposed a week ago that lawmakers pass half the rest of the bills of expense and continue to finance Homeland Security at current levels, which include $1.3 billion for border security.
The WALL Act – sponsored by GOP Sens. John Kennedy of Louisiana, Jim Inhof from Oklahoma, Mike Rounds of South Dakota and also Ted Cruz of Texas – will provide $25 billion in border wall funding by closing loopholes that the senators say allow undocumented immigrants to receive benefits and tax credits.
Parents, for example, would be required to prove citizenship to apply for benefits such as food stamps and welfare assistance and would need a valid Social Security number to claim refundable tax credits.The legislation is unlikely to gain any traction.