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McConnell Confident That A Government Shutdown Will Be Averted

19 December 2018

Democrats had offered to maintain the current funding of $1.3 billion, which would cover fencing and improvements along the border, but would not support a wall. The House is off until Wednesday evening, leaving very limited time before funding for the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and other agencies expires Friday at midnight. It was approved by the committee in summer on a bipartisan vote.

The $5 billion is only a small fraction of the $450 billion Congress was poised to approve to fund several agencies which will otherwise run out of money on December 21.

Of course, it's not exactly clear what those "other funding sources" would be.

The White House has addressee the delay to Michael Flynn's sentencing and the crimes he has pleaded guilty to. But in recent years the shutdown scenario has become routine. Costs would likely be in the billions of dollars.

Sanders also dodged questions about the president's charity, the Trump Foundation, after news broke early Tuesday that the nonprofit would be dissolved following a lawsuit and investigation by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, which alleged that Trump misused the charity for his own personal and political gain.

Will Trump shut down government over border wall
Will Trump shut down government over border wall

President Donald Trump tweeted a message of well wishes to retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn ahead of his appearance in a federal court Tuesday where he will be sentenced for lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russian officials. The Senate returns Monday after a three-day absence. John Thune of South Dakota said, "It looks like it probably is going to have to build for a few days here before there's a solution".

Come January, the Democrats will be the majority party in the House of Representatives. Aides to House Speaker Paul Ryan were not immediately available for comment.

Trump's concession and rhetorical turnaround come after the Hill Democrats used their leverage on the business-first leadership of the GOP - and among Trump's Hill outreach deputies - to repeatedly block construction of his favored concrete walls.

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In the event of a shutdown, some federal employees would be deemed essential and would continue to work, but their pay would be withheld until the shutdown is over. Others would be sent home.

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The Mexicans have already said they won't pay so Congress is his only real hope of delivering. "The holiday season makes these inquiries especially heart-wrenching".

It would only be a partial shutdown - 75% of the government is funded through to September next year.

Congress faces a partial government shutdown if a deal is not reached on the amount of funding for border security by Friday.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. RT takes a look at the back and forth of Trump's 'great' project.

Trump has requested $5 billion for his border wall between the United States and Mexico in the DHS budget, a request that Democrats and some Republicans oppose.

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"He is not going to get the wall in any form", Schumer said.

Democratic officials are growing frustrated with their GOP colleagues.

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"That's something that we would be able to support", she said. "We should pass the bills the way we're supposed to pass them".

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McConnell Confident That A Government Shutdown Will Be Averted