Scalise: Schumer Throwing 'Tantrums,' Won't Fare Too Well With Border Wall Opposition

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders put the onus on Senate Republicans to find a deal with their Democratic colleagues while refusing to say what type of deal President Trump would accept. Senate Republicans responded that they had no interest in advancing legislation that the White House wouldn't agree to, while many admitted a short-term continuing resolution that would fund the government for a few weeks and punt the fight to the next Congress might be the only option.

"At the end of the day we don't want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border", Sanders said. "That's something that we would be able to support as a long as we can couple that with other funding resources".

Also incomplete is funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the most-sensitive issue related to the budget impasse: a border wall.

Schumer told reporters in November that Democrats could be convinced to approve $1.6 billion for the wall, but not the full $5 billion that the Trump administration wanted.

We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration.

Most of the government, three-fourths, will remain open with their spending plans approved till next September, the end of the next fiscal year.

Schumer and Pelosi offered Trump two alternatives for a spending bill: passing the six bipartisan appropriations bills and year-long funding for Homeland Security, which would only include $1.3 billion for the wall - or passing a year-long funding bill for all of the seven agencies.

"I don't know what the path might be out, but it might be a (short-term funding bill)", she said.

The White House is insisting that the US Congress provide funding to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, putting a US government shutdown on the cards.

Asked about that promise during a rare White House press briefing Tuesday, Sanders first claimed - falsely - that money transferred from other agencies did not constitute American taxpayer money.

Washington has a deadline of Friday night to avoid a shutdown.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said there are not enough votes in Congress to pass wall funding, and that it would be up to Trump to repeal his demand.

When it comes to placing blame for a shutdown, 43 percent said they would fault Trump and the Republican party, while 24 percent would blame Democrats, and 30 percent would blame both sides equally, the survey found.

Showing no signs of budging, Schumer said Sunday that it was up to Trump to decide whether the federal government would partially shut down, sending thousands of federal employees home without pay during the holidays.


She also pushed back on comments from Pelosi questioning the White House's ability to re-allocate funds for border purposes without congressional approval, saying: "I would never use Nancy Pelosi as my source for legal authority on probably anything".

The money would not go for the wall but for fencing upgrades and other border security.

Democratic officials are growing frustrated with their GOP colleagues. And this is the president's last chance to get the funding he wants as control of the House passes into the hands of Democrats next January.

"We'll see what happens", Trump said Tuesday after a school safety event.

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