Senate passes stop-gap spending bill

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee discusses funding the wall with Fox & Friends Dec. 20 2018. Fox News screenshot

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee discusses funding the wall with Fox & Friends Dec. 20 2018. Fox News screenshot

Speaking to Fox News, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "At the end of the day, we don't want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border".

"I don't know that anybody ever has any assurances from the White House on things like this", Pelosi said.

Without resolution, more than 800,000 federal employees could be furloughed or ordered to work without pay days before Christmas. "The wall isn't about money".

"In our Country, so much money has been poured down the drain, for so many years, but when it comes to Border Security and the Military, the Democrats fight to the death", Trump said in a December 19 tweet. Trump said in a morning tweet.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on the bill Wednesday. "We urgently need funding for border security and that includes a wall". "The President informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security", Ryan said.

Throughout Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, "Build the wall!" was a rallying cry for his supporters.

The House of Representatives would then have to pass the bill and hope Trump signs it into law. "I am a definitely a "no" on the Senate bill without the border funds, Scott said.

Some within the administration cautioned that it was possible Trump would change his mind and end up rejecting the stopgap bill, prompting a holiday shutdown that could prove politically damaging.

The question of averting a partial shutdown of the federal government has moved from the Senate to the House.

Conway was asked on Wednesday if Trump would back legislation in the works that would keep the government funded, likely into February, and said the president will "take a look at that certainly".

As lawmakers continue to try to figure out how to keep all of the government open, the president is promising to build a border wall with Mexico "one way or the other". "If you veto this bill we'll be there", Meadows said, concluding remarks after a dozen House Freedom Caucus members spoke on the House floor. Lawmakers could not find a way to meet that demand - or part of it - ahead of a Friday night deadline, so they chose to put off the border wall fight until February.

President Donald Trump issued a stern warning on Twitter Thursday morning, notifying Congress that he will not accept a budget bill that does not fund the border wall, and signaling his intent to veto a continuing resolution created to put off an immigration battle until at least next February. Facing enormous criticism from high-profile conservative media figures, they don't want to leave town without one last fight over the border wall.

Trump faced similar conservative blowback in late March after signing a $1.3 trillion spending bill that kept the government open, but vowed not to sign another stopgap.

"The president has said he's willing to do what he has to do to get that border security, including a government shutdown", Conway said.

But Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC that there has been strong opposition to using Defense Department dollars for border wall construction.

What was once a deal to avoid a Christmas partial shutdown was torpedoed Thursday by conservatives and Trump, who unleashed fury at another agreement that stops short of providing the $5 billion the President has demanded for the border.

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