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Republicans just shut down Trumps request for border wall funding

The Resistance Report

Senate Republicans are stalling on approving funding for Trump’s proposed border wall. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, just told reporters that Trump’s supplemental funding request for the Mexican border wall will be delayed until later in the year.

“We have the FY17 defense bill,” Blunt said, saying that the supplemental spending bill might complicate the passage of a higher-priority military spending bill, so it should therefore be reviewed separately.

This is, essentially, a denial of Trump’s request to consider the bill alongside the FY17 defense bill.

Trump’s proposed supplemental spending bill suggests cutting $18 billion from programs such as medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers can afford the down payment on the border wall. Many were outraged, and saw this as a betrayal of his oft-shouted “make Mexico pay for it” campaign mantra.

“All of the committees, the leaderships of the House and Senate, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the FY17 bill,” Blunt added. “My guess is that comes together better without the supplemental.”

Government funding is currently scheduled to expire on April 28th, and congressional leaders worry that Trump’s supplemental spending bill may have led to a congressional showdown, given the looming Democratic threat of a possible government shutdown.

“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s Administration,” the Senate Democratic leadership team wrote in a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on March 13.

This will likely make the Trump administration’s troubles even worse, as it was already reeling from the defeats of their failed health care bill and the suspension of their revised Muslim travel ban. The border wall, at this point, had been his only major campaign promise which had not yet completely fallen apart.


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