The White House has reportedly taken a new position regarding the funding of the proposed border wall to separate the United States from Mexico, according to a new report.
During his rally in Phoenix, Arizona last month, President Donald J. Trump said that he’s willing to allow a government shut down over the border wall. Meaning, that if Congress does not approve the funding for the wall, Trump will not budge on the matter.
“Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” were President Trump’s exact words during the Arizona event. However, his position seems to have shifted, according to a report in The Washington Post on Friday that said White House officials have “quietly” notified Congress that the $1.6 billion of funding would not need to be in the short-term “continuing resolution” to fund the government until December.
Congress is set to run out of money at the end of September, setting up what’s become a typical scenario where the lawmakers must come up with a short-term deal or shut down the government.
“We are building a wall on the southern border, which is absolutely necessary,” Trump told his supporters at the August 22 rally in Phoenix, noting, “The obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, believe me, [but] if we have to close down our government, we are building that wall.”
Congressional Republicans have not really been on- board with Trump’s stance regarding a government shutdown.
White House officials reportedly said that the wall remains a top priority. and it must be funded in the subsequent December bill.
The Washington Post went on to note that this is the second time President Trump has backed away from the threat to shut down the government over his popular campaign promise. After tweeting that the government needs a “good shut down,” he backed away from the threat in May when lawmakers funded the government through to September with a resolution that also contained no funding for the wall.
Trump’s reported standdown comes just days after House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) indicated that the conservative group was willing to pass a CR even if funding for the wall was not included.
A “CR” is a continuing resolution. It is a type of appropriations legislation. An appropriations bill is a bill that appropriates (gives to, sets aside for) money to specific federal government departments, agencies, and programs. The money provides funding for operations, personnel, equipment, and activities.
“In talking to a number of my members, if there was a vote for a continuing resolution next week that did not include border wall funding, the majority of those members would be supportive of that,” Meadows, R-N.C., told ABC News‘ Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast Tuesday.
CEO of DML NEWS, Dennis Michael Lynch, says the president will not shut down the government over the wall. “President Trump will be attacked by the GOP if he doesn’t fund the government. Although he is tough on talk and Twitter, the president hasn’t shown a willingness to really push back against Paul Ryan and the GOP. At some point, he will have to go it alone, but he’s not there just yet.”
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