A major hurdle was overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would no longer demand that the current legislation include money to build his border wall with Mexico.
Trump once again expressed his feelings on the wall on Twitter Tuesday morning, saying: "Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL". Trump got elected to disrupt the status quo, not to get caught up by it. Backing away from the wall, even as a tactical retreat, will not build confidence in his ability to contend with the Washington establishment - and it's hard to see how these calculations change in September when it comes time to get the funds in the FY2018 budget.
President Donald Trump, sitting next to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, speaks during a working lunch with ambassadors of countries on the United Nations Security Council and their spouses, Monday, April 24, 2017, in the.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway assured media that the $1.4 billion downpayment needed for the border wall was a priority, just not now. "Building that wall and having it funded remains an important priority to him", she added. "We also know that that can happen later this year and into next year". More electronic surveillance is a good bet, as is extension of the fence already built along 650 miles of border.
Both Democrats and fiscal conservatives have vowed to fight the President's demands for funds to start construction on the proposed wall along the United States border with Mexico. The walk-back could present an off-ramp to avoiding a government shutdown, but officials caution talks are still ongoing on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue. The administration likely has funds available for early planning of the wall project, but additional funds would have to be authorized for the fiscal year beginning October 1. The border wall was a seminal part of the Trump campaign's platform.
The clock is ticking on Congress to pass a federal spending bill by the end of the week or face a government shutdown. Even the US Chamber of Commerce, a sprawling lobbying group that represents all types of industries in Congress, named "border security", hiring more immigration officers and other immigration issues in its most recent lobbying records.
Reporters asked Trump if he would sign a continuing budget resolution if it didn't include funding for the wall.
"Politics is the art of compromise", the official said.
Back in January, Trump reiterated the same plan and defended the proposal to use congressional appropriations, according to CNN.
"The Republicans will be five months closer to an election and less likely to take on the Democrats, who can't support a wall because of the various constituencies they have", Manning said. "Isn't Mexico supposed to pay for the wall?"
He says he expects construction to start "soon".
However, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has said multiple times that Mexico will "of course" not pay for the wall. "The wall gets built, 100 percent".
Mulvany suggested the Democrats were more lenient on worldwide crime.
"The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members."
The last government shutdown occurred in 2013 and lasted for 16 days.
26 - Total number of days that the government shut down in separate budget impasses in December of 1995 and January of 1996. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and member of leadership.