House passes spending bill with $5 billion for Trump's border wall

A man walked next to a reinforced section of the US-Mexico border fence is seen from Tijuana in Mexico

A man walked next to a reinforced section of the US-Mexico border fence is seen from Tijuana in Mexico

After the White House signaled earlier this week that Trump would likely back away from his demand for $5 billion in border wall funding to prevent a partial government shutdown, the president on Thursday afternoon said the demand is back on.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, argued that Republicans were giving Democrats a "gift" by delaying rather than fighting to fund the border wall now while they still control all of Congress.

In a tweet on Friday, Trump said: "The Democrats are trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned".

Without a resolution, more than 800,000 government workers could be furloughed or sent to work without pay beginning at midnight Friday, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has long said the support does not exist for extending the simple-majority threshold to limit debate to the legislative calendar, and back in January a senior Senate GOP aide said the votes did not exist within the Republican Conference for such a move.

The post contains a photo of Schumer and a mock first-person confession revealing the Senate minority leader's partisan reason for the apparent policy pivot.

At issue is the president's demand for billions of dollars for his long-promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

McConnell's proposal would fund border security at its current level of $1.3 billion, and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will support the measure.

"We need the wall".

Around the time of Trump's Wednesday morning tweet, White House officials declined to state definitively that he would sign Shelby's early February stopgap.

"We're looking at every avenue available to us possible. I understand that. I don't even hold it against them, except you should always put your country first and they're not doing that".

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"None of this has to happen", Mr. Amash said. But Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration wants to avoid a shutdown, and would look for other ways to fund the wall.

After meeting with Trump at the White House earlier Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters that Trump had told them he would not sign the measure out of "legitimate concerns for border security".

Just last week, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the wall.

Trump has faced rare, bitter criticism from some fellow Republicans over the past day for "caving" on wall funding.

And he exhorted the Senate's Republican leader to corral enough Democratic votes to send a House-passed plan to the White House, even though the measure is nearly certain to be rejected in the Senate.

The White House says Trump won't travel to Florida on Friday as planned for Christmas if the government is shutting down. "Walls work, whether we like it or not".

"Trump should not sign this bill and leave for Mar-a-Lago, and tell them it's not gonna get signed and their precious government's not gonna get back up and running 'til there's $5 billion", wrote radio host Rush Limbaugh. "We'll see what we can do".

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY have made it clear they will not support money for Trump's wall.

Schumer reportedly made a $25 billion offer for the wall during a private meeting with Trump, as lawmakers negotiated a way to avert a government shutdown. Donald Trump wants a shutdown and [Republicans] seem to be so afraid that they're going to go along.

Rep. Warren Davidson, an Ohio Republican and House Freedom Caucus member, said some Republicans want to "continue to fight for wins we promised the American people we would get".

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