Trump Threatens Infrastructure Legislation Over Border Wall Demand

Senate announces short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown

Stark retreat for Republicans on spending, Trump's wall

Trump says in a tweet that when he "begrudgingly" signed an earlier spending bill, he was "promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership".

Donald Trump's loyal supporters cried "Build the wall!" throughout his 2016 US Presidential campaign.

"The president has informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns about border security", Ryan told reporters in front of the White House.

On "Fox and Friends" on Thursday, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said: "If we're not going to fight now, when are we going to fight?"

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated House Republicans' comments in a statement on Thursday, casting the blame for the budget battle on Democrats.

"The administration can not reprogram funds appropriated by Congress for the full wall without our assent, to do so would violate Congress' Article I powers", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the floor Wednesday. But it defied the president by refusing to give him any of the $5 billion USA he demanded to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, one of his key campaign promises. Trump wrote in a December 19 tweet.

In light of Paul Ryan's confirmation of President Trump's stance on funding the border wall, a lot of political observers are convinced that a government shutdown is now unavoidable.

But Schumer, speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, said the administration could not shift money around without Congress' consent.

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats oppose Trump's border demands because the wall is "inefficient" and because Trump, as a candidate, promised that Mexico would pay for it, which Mexico has refused to do. "I am a definitely a "no" on the Senate bill without the border funds, Scott said.

It was a tacit acknowledgment that Congress was unlikely to fund the wall and marked a move away from Trump's tough rhetoric last week that he would be "proud" to shut down the government over wall funding.

If Trump can not secure the money he is demanding for the wall now, it's unlikely he will see a spending bill that meets his requirement for at least two years as Democrats assume control.

"If Congress can't give the President border wall funding now with Republicans in charge we certainly don't stand a chance with (House Democratic Leader Nancy) Pelosi and the Dems taking over the House next year", the official said.

Knight, a former aide to ex-White House economic adviser Gary Cohn with an in-depth policy knowledge, went quiet.

The stopgap measure, though, doesn't include new funding for a border wall - something Democrats have opposed. Democrats say they'll also split their early debates into two if need be, although in their case, the candidate placement would be randomly decided, according to DNC Chairman Tom Perez. "We want to shut down the border from illegal immigration". We'll support him. The time to act is now.

If there's no deal, there could be a partial shutdown at the end of Friday.

The House will likely take up the vote sometime Thursday. And he said that Trump can't do so without lawmakers' permission.

By postponing decisions on spending for the agencies that also includes the departments of Justice, Commerce, Interior and Agriculture, Democrats will be in a somewhat stronger bargaining position next year when they take majority control of the House.

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