‘My goal was always, and will be, to fund the government, fund it on time…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Congress’s ability to negotiate a deal on funding for President Trump’s border wall looks likely, as Democrats continue to call it a non-starter.
After Trump signed a bill to temporarily reopen the government, a congressional committee formed to come up with a compromise.
But the president’s confidence in the group is waning — especially since much of the committee is stacked against the wall.
The Democrat members on the 17-person committee are among the loudest opponents of the wall on the left.
And even the Republicans on the committee look like they might cave to avoid another government shutdown.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the top Senate Republican on the conference committee, made it clear that his top priority is to avoid another shutdown.
“My goal was always, and will be, to fund the government, fund it on time, and to avoid breakdowns,” Shelby said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Another Senate Republican on the committee, Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., already caved on the wall and supported a bipartisan deal last week that would have only provided $1.6 billion for additional fencing in the Rio Grande valley.
Trump has demanded Congress allocate $5.7 billion for the wall.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., also said he supports the bipartisan Senate measure.
“We need to work hard to see that we find how we can solve this in a way that the president gets what he needs but the American people fundamentally get the government that they deserve,” Blunt said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Trump has several allies on the committee, including Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, who told the Dallas Morning News that border security on the U.S.-Mexico front is a “crisis,” and Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., who introduced a bill last year that would have funded the wall’s construction through revenue bonds.
If the committee is unable to reach a deal, Trump has suggested that he will use his executive authority to declare a national emergency and unilaterally allocate funds for the wall’s construction.