‘If it’s about border security, I’m willing to do anything…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Some conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus want to force a vote on funding Trump’s border wall, even if it means shutting down the government, while others want to calm the seas before the midterms.
The division pits current Chairman Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, against former Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Politico reported.
“I don’t see a deliberate plan on how we secure our border happening by the end of September, and so having that debate over the next three months is probably more prudent than trying to have it in the next week and a half,” Meadows said.
Meadows’s hesitation stems from the belief that government shutdowns are not good for the majority party.
“You really think we’re going to get it done after the election? When has that ever happened?” Jordan said, according to Politico.
“[Immigration] was one of the central issues in the campaign, and I think it helps our voters understand that we’re fighting for what we said we would do,” he said.
The split in tactics between Jordan and Meadows mirrors the ambivalence of President Donald Trump, who has wavered about signing a funding bill that wouldn’t pay for the wall.
“I don’t like the idea of shutdowns,” Trump said on Tuesday, according to Reuters. “I don’t see even myself or anybody else closing down the country right now.”
But on Wednesday, he sharpened his tone.
“If it happens, it happens. If it’s about border security, I’m willing to do anything,” Trump said. “We have to protect our borders.”
Freedom Caucus Member Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, said the House should pass an appropriations bill with the $5 billion Trump requested for the wall, then force Senate Democrats to vote no on it.
“I think our obligation is [to] put the bills to the Senate that fund our government ahead of Oct. 1 with full year funding, and frankly we should do what we said we would do,” Davidson said. “If the Senate votes and fails, then we can talk about covering for the Senate yet again. But they owe us a vote.”