nearvideo house sends spending bill to Senate, including the border security funding, Trump meets with the Republicans to argue in support
The President wants Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass spending bill with a simple majority.
The Senate on Friday was scrambling to a spending package with billions in funding for a border wall, as President, Trump made it clear that it is a “good chance” for a partial government shutdown have to midnight.
The house on Thursday approved 5.7 billion US-Dollar for a boundary wall as part of a measure to Fund the government until the beginning of February. But the Senate on Friday afternoon was struggling to overcome a procedural hurdle, even a vote on the bill, amid Democrats’ refusal, on a border wall.
“President trump: you are, you said don’t get your wall,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, on the floor. “You leave your shutdown strategy. They are not always the wall-today, next week or 3. January, when the Democrats control of the house.”
The Senate needs a simple majority, simply take the spending package to which the measure would have to pass a erschreckendere 60-vote majority. But as of Friday afternoon, the procedural vote was left open for more than two hours as Republicans struggled to cobble together support. Things were complicated by the outgoing GOP Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s vote against procedural and other lawmakers are traveling for the holidays.
The President – who says that an expenditure must contain the package of new funding for border security — told reporters on Friday he hopes it’s not a shutdown, but he is prepared to travel, if it will.
“Now it is up to the Democrats as to whether or not we have a shutdown tonight,” Trump said.
Earlier, the President welcomed the vote as a great victory – that GOP leaders is encrypted when the President abruptly retreated, tacit support for an earlier Senate-approved stopgap, the wall of money.
With a 60-vote threshold, however, to pass the house package as little chance of being approved on the Senate side. Still, Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said on Friday, “Let ‘ s, this legislation. You let it happen. We will finish our work for this year. We secure our country.”
Earlier in the day, the President publicly called on McConnell ready, the so-called “nuclear option” to jam through the spending package, which refers to the change of Senate precedent, the legislation recognized could be with a 51-vote-majority, instead of the usual 60. But McConnell’s office made it clear that the majority of the leaders would not do, and several Republican senators have said that they are also against him.
Trump supported the “nuclear option” to Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and other called.
A sudden impairment or even more unlikely filibuster change, funding for nine of the 15 Cabinet is missing-level departments and dozens of agencies could be will turn off at midnight, resulting in a partial shutdown only, as the Christmas break begins.
Both sides were busy, the debt-to-Friday morning to assign, in the expectation of that scenario. While Schumer and house Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have already branded this a result of a trump card in shutdown, the President tweeted on Friday that “it is a Democrat shutdown!” if you don’t support the measure before the Senate.
“No matter what happens today in the Senate, and Republican members of the house should be very proud of yourself. She flew back to Washington from all parts of the world to vote for the border security and the wall. Not a Democrat, have voted, and we are large. I am very proud of you!” he tweeted.
Fox News’ Judson Berger and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.