December 19, 2018
It is pretty much clear now that Donald Trump isn’t going to get anything done.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders suggested Tuesday that the White House has found an alternative way to get its requested $5 billion in funding for a US-Mexico border wall, marking a reversal from President Donald Trump’s previous position.
While Democratic leaders immediately rejected the proposal, the comments represented the White House’s most significant steps in recent weeks toward trying to avert a partial government shutdown ahead of a Friday deadline. With Democratic opposition, however, members of Congress on both sides appeared to be instead considering a short-term extension of funding to move the deadline beyond the year-end holiday season into Congress’ new term, which begins January 3.
Earlier Tuesday, Sanders indicated that the White House could support a compromise bill to avoid such a shutdown.
“We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion (for a border wall),” Sanders said Tuesday morning during an interview with Fox News.
“We will work with Congress if they will make sure we get a bill passed that provides not just the funding for the wall, but there’s a piece of legislation that’s been pushed around that Democrats actually voted 26-5 out of committee that provides roughly $26 billion for border security including $1.6 billion for the wall,” she said. “That’s something that we would be able to support as a long as we can couple that with other funding resources.”
Sanders added: “At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border.”
Last week, Trump told Democratic leaders in a televised meeting he was willing to shut down the government over the border issue.
“I will take the mantle of shutting down, and I’m going to shut it down for border security,” Trump had said.
Sanders appeared to suggest that the White House could support a bipartisan Senate bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, which the White House rejected earlier this year. CNN has asked the White House for clarification.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer initially offered this as an option to avoid a shutdown, but said last week it wasn’t on the table anymore because it couldn’t pass the House. That was in part because House Democrats are opposed to the $1.6 billion in wall funding.
Mitch McConnell has just introduced a bill to avoid the shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will introduce a short-term funding bill that, if passed, will keep the government running through Feb. 8.
Why it matters: It’s unclear when votes will occur, but lawmakers have until Friday to reach a deal. McConnell said yesterday that he has been “in consultation” with the White House, and is confident there will not be a government shutdown despite President Trump’s demands for $5 billion in funding for the border wall.
I think we are just going to have to accept that Trump is not actually going to get anything done.
Anything that he does get done will be a surprise, because there is currently no indication that anything will ever be done.
It’s not his fault, I don’t think it’s his fault, he is just one guy and he can’t even get anyone in his own cabinet that isn’t a traitor.
But it is what it is.
None of the stuff we wanted is going to happen.
Thankfully, a lot of the things we didn’t want to happen are not happening.
“At least he’s not Hillary” is a valid argument.
But unless something seriously changes, the idea that he is going to build a wall and fix all of these other problems is not really something we should have faith in.