Congressional Republicans have yet to appropriate funds for President Trump to construct a wall along the United States-Mexico border.
Trump has been touting the inevitable construction of the wall since before his own election, back in 2016.
Where are you Congress?
Reuters reports members of Congress are playing it safe on funding the government by a consequential September 30 deadline. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to avoid a government shut down, which would reflect poorly on all of them, so they are funding the government with as little partisanship and controversy as possible:
U.S. Congress negotiators on Thursday moved to put off until after the Nov. 6 elections decisions on future funding for President Donald Trump’s multibillion-dollar southwest border wall, as lawmakers advanced legislation funding many other government programs.
Racing against a Sept. 30 deadline when the current fiscal year ends, Republicans and Democrats were showing unusual cooperation in trying to fund most federal agency functions and avoid an embarrassing government shutdown about a month before congressional elections.
A trio of massive spending bills were making their way through Congress to fund military, energy and a range of other programs that otherwise would run out of money on Oct. 1.
It seems Republicans could be making a political wager: they are assuring voters that if they are re-elected and maintain majorities in both chambers of Congress, then they will pass border funding.
Will Trump meet them halfway and also agree to avoid controversy ahead of a major congressional election?
It is unclear, but a betting man would probably go with Trump sticking to his guns on this one:
But House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said that some decisions will have to be put off until Dec. 7, after congressional elections.
That means that Congress would continue to fund agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security at current year levels on a temporary basis.
In recent weeks, Trump has threatened a government shutdown unless he got the money he wanted to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep illegal immigrants and illegal drugs out of the United States.
A White House spokeswoman would not say whether Trump would go along with Congress’ plans if lawmakers did not immediately meet his demand for more border wall funding.
Check this out, from CNS News:
President Donald Trump drew cheers at a rally in Montana last week when he said, “If it was up to me, I would shut down government over border security.”
Trump said he wants to build his long-promised wall along the Southwest border, but people such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they’d rather wait until after the midterm election. “They don’t want to do anything to upset the apple cart,” Trump said.
Your move, Mr. President.