Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Government Shutdown Prospects Loom After Democrats Meet with President

Drew Thies

President Donald Trump clashed with Democratic Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in a rare, televised Oval Office meeting.

The meeting was set to address a government funding bill, which Trump has indicated should include $5 billion for a border wall. Government funding runs after Dec. 21.

In perhaps the most definitive terms he has used, President Trump said he would “be proud” to shut the government down if it meant getting concessions on border security.

House Republicans are considering passing a stopgap spending bill that includes the $5 billion Trump requested, but such a bill would need Democratic votes in the Senate for it to pass. On the prospect of the Senate failing to pass a spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “I hope that's not where we end up."

Pelosi said that if the government does shut down, the House, when it returns under Democratic leadership in January, will pass a bill that funds the government and border security at current levels.

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