Welch says Republicans in ‘disarray’ after Trump’s shutdown ‘curveball’

Arturo Kim
December 21, 2018

The final numbers were 217-185 and many have said that the enthusiasm was greater than they have ever seen before.

"I've made my position very clear. Now on to the Senate!".

"Stephen, the Democrats support border security", CNN host Wolf Blitzer told Stephen Miller, a top adviser to President Trump, during an exchange on December 20.

"The bill that's on the floor of the House, everyone knows will not pass the Senate", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters late on Thursday. Nancy does not have to apologize. "When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership".

The question now is whether a partial shutdown can still be averted.

If the midnight deadline passes with no legislation in place, funding will expire for nine of the 15 cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies.

Should Congress fail to come up with a stopgap measure by tonight, it will result in a partial shutdown and that will only add more woes for equities and risk sentiment later in the day.

Trump's demand was echoed by Sen.

A handful of Republican senators are coming out in opposition to President Donald Trump's demand to end the Senate's filibuster in order to pass funding for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border. All this, mind you, is happening mere days before Christmas and the New Year.

It was unclear how many House members might return for votes.

Last night, a GOP majority in the House of Representatives passed a spending bill that includes $5.7 million for a border wall.

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The statement comes just hours after President Trump urged McConnell to use the option; a procedural tool that would change Senate rules and allow the passage of the budget with a simple 51-vote majority.

The Senate will look at the House-passed bill on Friday afternoon but would need support from Democrats to vote quickly on it.

Pelosi, however, argued during a press conference on Thursday that the situation was descending into a "meltdown" among Republicans. It includes $5.7 billion Trump wants for the southern border with Mexico. Also, it will be much more hard to convince Congress to fund a tremendous, lovely wall, believe me.

While the legislation, which passed the Senate Wednesday, is expected to pass the House before the end of the week, many conservatives are calling on the President to oppose the legislation and Trump is listening. "There wasn't any ambiguity in the room today", Walker told CNN.

Democrat Senator Carl Levin of MI said it would be "like allowing the home team to change the rules in the middle of the game".

Republicans, including Mr Trump, have called on Senate leader Mitch McConnell to invoke the so-called "nuclear option".

But Welch said Democrats were not on board.

"There's a lot of frustration", said Rep. Greg Walden, Republican of Oregon.

Some Republicans senators cheered on the House, but prospects in the Senate are grim amid strong opposition from Democrats.

"Despite earlier comments in which Trump said he wanted to avoid a shutdown, the President has indicated he will refuse to sign this short-term funding bill because it didn't include any funds for his Wall". They argue that the U.S. -Mexico border is already well-defended, there's little to no evidence undocumented immigrants are taking people's jobs, it is unclear how erecting the wall will "save" any money, it's impossible to quantify the impact on crime rates from illegal immigration, and the money for a wall might be much better spent on universal health care, a system used by nearly every civilized country in the world.

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