In order to avoid a looming partial government shutdown, an agreement must be made between Congress and President Donald Trump about securing funding for a border wall.
Congress was all set to approve an estimated budget of $450 billion for government agencies, but now must take into account President Trump requiring $5 billion be set aside for the border wall. Trump claiming, “I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”
According to a senior House Republican aid this put conservatives “in a pickle.”
Mainly because Democrats have persistently refused to fund a border wall and now that Trump has shown a willingness to take the blame for a shutdown, they don’t have much incentive.
Even though Republicans currently control both houses of Congress, without at least some support from Democrats they won’t be able to garner the 218 votes required to pass a funding bill that pleases Trump.
“After the president’s comments earlier this week when he said he was going to own the shutdown, that sealed the deal for Democrats. There is absolutely no reason for them to cut a deal with this president,” said Jim Manley, a political strategist and former Senate Democratic leadership aide.
Time is not on Republicans side if they can’t reach a resolution not only will the government hit shutdown before the holidays, things will only become more difficult after once Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.