President demands wall funding, threatens shutdown

December 21, 2018 - 2:48 pm
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(WWL.com)

President Donald Trump is warning the government could be shut down, starting at midnight, “for a very long time” if Congress does not include 5.7 billion dollars for a border wall in its end of the year spending bill. Senator Bill Cassidy says they had the votes for an extension to February 8th, but, “The President decided he didn’t like the deal after all, and some members of the House want to do something now.”

A quarter of the government would close in the event of a shutdown, meaning furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers, and mandatory, unpaid work time for those deemed “essential”.

Cassidy blames Democrats for the budget hold-up, and says a fully funded government bill would be possible if they would accept the border wall funding. He says it’s part of Democrats refusal to work with the President.

“You can imagine the reason, it’s because they hate Trump, and so that’s part of it. That’s where the impasse has come from.”

An original compromise bill with 1 billion in border security funding passed the Senate, but was publicly rejected by the President.

The Senator says he’s optimistic that the shutdown will not prevent an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program from keeping homes insured through February 8th.

“It should not endanger the national flood insurance program, it’s already been reauthorized for a period of time, so I think we’re going to be ok.”

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