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Trump Blames Potential Government Shutdown On Democrats

Trump Blames Potential Government Shutdown On Democrats

In an interview earlier this week, Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., a member of the House Appropriations Committee, expressed frustration with the situation, saying it felt like "Groundhog Day", given Congress' repeated reliance on continuing resolutions to temporarily fund the government at current levels. But their power is strongest while the Republicans in Congress remain fractured and fighting. The budget stalemate could lead to a government shutdown.

Moreover, the budget impasse problem actually lies not with Democrats but at the heart of the ongoing rift in the Republican party.

Most Republicans want a defense buildup. The US government shut down for the first time in 17 years on October 1 after lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal by the end of the fiscal year.

At the same time, Democratic lawmakers want to attach a provision to any spending legislation to keep about 690,000 undocumented young immigrants, who were brought illegally to the United States years ago, from being deported to their homelands.

Some media called Trump's statement a misrepresentation of what Democrats want.

While the House potentially could pass upcoming spending bills without any Democratic support, that tactic would not work in the Senate where procedural rules give Democrats bargaining power.

If the Senate goes along, as expected, the White House and congressional leaders will have to intensify negotiations on a series of contentious issues in order to come up with the next government funding bill that would stave off partial shutdowns on December 23. Democrats have a history of strongly supporting stopgap funding bills, providing the cushion for victory in the Republican House. If so, it is unclear whether such a bill could clear the Senate, where Democratic votes are necessary to pass most bills. Democrats will test the unpredictable president to see whether he is willing to go the bipartisan route in order to keep federal agencies running smoothly or whether he will be in a confrontational mood.

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Republicans want to secure funding for President Donald Trump's promised border wall and increase the defense spending caps.

Trump has given Congress until March to resolve the issue, with Democrats wanting to vote now, and Republicans mostly hoping to put off any immigration vote until next year after approving the tax and budget legislation.

"I think something is going to be coming out of conference pretty quickly", he said. At a news conference last Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that if Democrats vote against the temporary spending bill because they have not won their demands, "then they will have chosen to shut the government down".

As a condition of backing a new spending measure, Democrats have demanded legislative protections for the almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States.

If that measure clears the House and Senate, as expected, major fights are in the offing over the next funding bill, which could fund the government until sometime in January.

On Tuesday, Schumer noted there were "good negotiations" under way on the immigration measure. That funding pays employees, keeps resources available, and ensures the basic operation of government. A second step would be another short-term funding bill, followed by one to fund the government through the fiscal year ending September 30.