Republican Congressional leadership has announced that they are considering shelving President Donald Trump’s request for funding with which to begin construction of his border wall. They will take the issue back up later in the year, after they have successfully averted a government shutdown.
The threat of a government shutdown, sparked by partisan sparring over how to best appropriate funds for the rest of the year, has loomed ever since Senate Democratic leadership announced that they weren’t keen on the idea of approving funding to put towards the president’s godforsaken border wall.
This has prompted Republican leadership in Congress concerned with integrating their allegiance to their party and to the president with their allegiance to common sense and reality to reconsider whether or not they are, in fact, going to go along with Trump’s plans to get the border wall funded through Congressional appropriations.
Republican Senator John Cornyn, of Texas, commented as follows of whether or not Republicans will take up the question of funding Trump’s border wall along with the question of approving funding for the government as a whole:
‘It remains to be seen. What I would like to see is a plan for how the money would be spent and a good faith discussion about what border security is really composed of. We haven’t had that. There’s not going to be a shutdown.’
Cornyn and the other Republicans’ plan for averting the shutdown, in line with the Texas Senator’s confident assertion quoted above, is to allow for non-essentials — meaning Trump’s border wall — to be negotiable.
Of course, Trump originally promised that Mexico would pay for the wall along their entire border with us, but faced with the cold hard truths associated with reality, he was forced to adjust his plan. Now, he plans to get the wall built with funding provided by Congress from American taxpayers.
As POLITICO reports of the latest incarnation of Trump’s effort to find money to pay for the wall:
‘The White House made an initial request earlier this month for $1.4 billion in border wall funding as part of a package that boosts defense spending by $30 billion, with the thought that it would hitch a ride to the broader government funding bill due next month.’
However, Republicans have, as mentioned, now thrown a stick in the wheels of that plan in that they’ve divorced considerations over Trump’s request for border wall funding from the question of appropriating funds for the government as a whole.
They’ve even divorced considerations of Trump’s request for border wall funding from the request for military funding with which it was first presented, according to Montana’s Republican Senator Roy Blunt, who serves a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Blunt told the media that “Senate and House leadership are very close to negotiating a bill to fund government for the rest of 2017,” according to The Hill, adding that “all of the committees, House and Senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the FY17 bill, and my guess is that comes together better without the supplemental.”
“The supplemental” refers to Trump’s request for funding for a border wall.
Thus, in short, the future of Trump’s border wall is uncertain.
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