During his rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, President Trump said he’s willing to allow a government shut down over the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
“Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump said.
The president wants congressional lawmakers to present a spending bill that pays for the wall. In late-July, the House passed a spending bill that included $1.6 billion for the wall, but the endeavor has an estimated cost of $12 billion.
When the Republican-controlled Congress returns to Washington, following its August recess, it will only have a few weeks to pass a spending resolution before the Oct. 1 deadline.
With only a slight Senate Republican majority, Democrats could bank on holding the resolution hostage. If the money for the wall is included, they could withhold their votes on a resolution which would keep the government fully operational past Sep. 30. At least three Senate Democrats have pledged not to support a continuing resolution if it includes money for the wall.
“If the president pursues this path, against the wishes of both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the majority of the American people, he will be heading towards a government shutdown, which nobody will like and which won’t accomplish anything,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said Wednesday.
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