12 Days to a Partial Shutdown. Can Congress and President Trump Agree on Funding? 12 Days to a Partial Shutdown. Can Congress and President Trump Agree on Funding? – NTK Network

12 Days to a Partial Shutdown. Can Congress and President Trump Agree on Funding?

The December 7, 2018 funding deadline may be the president's last, best chance to win funding for his border wall before Democrats retake the House.

By NTK Staff | 11.26.2018 @10:00am
12 Days to a Partial Shutdown. Can Congress and President Trump Agree on Funding?

Seven of the 12 bills that fund the federal government in fiscal year (FY) 2019 expire on December 7, and if Congress and the president can’t come to an agreement on those seven bills, the government may partially shut down.

One reason political observers believe a shutdown is possible, despite Republican control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, is that December 7 may be President Trump’s last, best chance to win funding for his desired border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

As most people know, Democrats take over the House in January 2019. Chances are slim that the Democrat-controlled House would agree to any effort to fund Trump’s wall in 2019 or 2020.

So President Trump may decide a shutdown is the best way to assure his wall is funded.

Politico Playbook’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman wrote on Monday morning:

TRUMP has just 39 days left of an all-Republican D.C. He has every incentive to push as hard as he possibly can for as much funding as possible for his border wall. A shutdown wouldn’t even hurt too badly. Department of Homeland Security funding — which expires Dec. 7 — can be continued on an emergency basis if Congress cannot pass a bill. So there is nothing stopping him from a big-time, drag-out fight.

And one need look no further than the president’s Twitter feed to confirm that border wall funding is on his mind:

The chamber to watch is the Senate. With 60 votes needed to advance a theoretical spending bill with wall funding, Democrats will need to hop on board a wall-funding effort for it to pass.

Will defeated Democratic senators like Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) keep consistent with their rhetoric from the campaign and vote for wall funding, or stick with most Democrats and oppose it? Will Republicans up for reelection in blue or purple states in 2020, like Susan Collins (R-ME) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), disagree with the president on the wall? Most importantly, will President Trump veto any spending bill that does not include wall funding? These are all important questions reporters will be asking in the coming days.

Stay tuned, as NTK Network will follow the shutdown drama as it develops.

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