President Trump and congressional Democrats remain sharply at odds over a spending package as Washington barrels toward a Friday at midnight deadline, leaving some on Capitol Hill increasingly worried that a Christmas government shutdown is in the making.
“I know of no plan,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said as he emerged from a leadership meeting late Monday, despite rumors and speculation of a possible way out of the legislative logjam.
The major sticking point continues to be Trump’s call for border wall funding. The president insists on $5 billion for a U.S.-Mexico wall, while Democrats don’t want to appropriate a dime more than $1.3 billion — for fencing and other border security but not necessarily a wall.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer thundered from the floor late Monday that with just days before the deadline, “President Trump still doesn’t have a plan to keep the government open.”
But Trump suggested Monday that Democrats’ calls for border security ring hollow without support for the wall. “Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Border Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line. Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control!” he tweeted.
He followed up Tuesday morning: “Illegal immigration costs the United States more than 200 Billion Dollars a year. How was this allowed to happen?”
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