Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms
The Hill - 1 hour ago
President Trump and top administration officials emphasized the necessity of funding the president's proposed wall along the country's southern border on Sunday, as talk of a possible government shutdown ramps up.
The Republicans took it on the chin when the Democrats held sway, and the government shut down due to Republican obstructionism.
This is the final week for the Republican controlled U.S. federal government to avoid a government shutdown.
Clearly it is in the GOP's self-interest to demonstrate they can be more than "the party of [HELL!] NO!!".
It may not be as easy as might have been thought.
a) The Republicans didn't support Obama's budget.
And the Democrats are now poised to reciprocate the (dis)courtesy, and not support Trump's.
b) The Republicans would need 60 votes in the senate to avoid a government shutdown, and reportedly they don't have them.
c) Trump took a drubbing on his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, a promise Trump broke (due to his commitment to do it very early in his administration. The time window Trump set for himself has already closed).
To soothe that wound, Trump wants a political victory, and wants the shutdown prevention bill congress passes to include funding for his border wall.
Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall. So if that's true, why must congress allocate $money for it?
The Democrats don't want to approve that spending priority. And there are some Republicans that don't want to either.
Something's got to give. And President Trump doesn't seem to be a likely candidate for such flexibility.
So are we careening toward yet another Republican U.S. federal government shutdown? It may be more likely than we thought.