Trump, Dems dig in as government shutdown looms: “I know of no plan”

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President Trump and Democrats in Congress remain sharply at odds over a spending package Washington-barrels in the direction of Friday at midnight is the deadline, so that some on Capitol Hill are increasingly concerned that a Christmas government shutdown in the making.

“I know of no plan,” Senate majority whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said as he emerged from a leadership meeting late on Monday night, despite the rumors and speculation to a possible way out of the legislative logjam.

The big sticking point continues to be its trump card, the call for boundary wall-financing. The President is insisting on $ 5 billion for a USA-Mexico wall, while the Democrats want is not suitable, a penny more than $1.3 billion — for fencing and other border protection but not necessarily a wall.

But White house press Secretary, Sarah Sanders Tuesday, stated on Fox News that there is room for a compromise. She said, on “America’s Newsroom”, there are “other ways we can get to the $5 billion, including a broader bill that would include $1.6 billion for a wall.

It is unclear whether this wavering Democrats.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer thundered from the floor late on Monday night to keep that with only days before the deadline,” President Trump is still on a plan, the government openly.”

Schumer claims that Trump is not about the votes for a wall, at least in the Senate.

“So everyone knows the situation: with a Republican Congress, not a threat or tantrum, the President will get his wall,” he said.


But Trump suggested on Monday that Democrats ” calls for border security to be hollow and without the support of the wall. “When you hear a Democrat say that you have to have good border security without a wall, write them, just like other politicians, according to the party line. To save time for us, the billions of dollars per year, and, at the same time, far more safety and control!” he tweeted.

He followed up Tuesday morning: “Illegal immigration to the United States costs more than $ 200 billion per year. How could this happen?”

It is unclear where this calculation comes from.

A possible escape route for the Congress and the President would approve, solving a short-term measure, known as a “CR”, a proven tactic for delaying difficult financial fight without immediately, you have to.

A senior Republican Senate source said after Monday’s leadership meeting that a CR may be required, but noted that it seems to Trump the clock, to build pressure.

“We are so restless, as we have been for a time,” a GOP source said.

Fox News is told, there are some efforts to try convince, trump, a short-term spending bill better. That would Trump the ability to fight in the next year, over the wall.

“I’m not sure that will be warned to sell,” said a source. Some in the White house, the legislative Affairs shop, to discuss Capitol Hill options, although several Republican sources on Capitol Hill that you run out of time.

“There is not a lot of options and not a lot of security,” said a senior Republican source.

Several GOP sources suggest that the Trump administration has to determine the width to which employees are essential or not and can try to minimize the impact of the government shutdown. This would mean that the shutdown could go on for a while.

The ball seems to be in the president’s court: the legislature, both sides seem ready to punt into the New year, and then fight.

Senate Democrats to push in the meantime, continue the same schedule during the last week of a controversial Oval Office meeting with Trump. The proposal would wrap together six appropriations bills, spending with a one-year measure for the Department of homeland security-including $ 1.3 billion for border security. An alternative is a one-year funding package for all seven of the pending spending bills.

Fox News’ John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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