Government Shutdown Looms With Trump’s Demand To Fund Border Wall

The realities of the legislative process are about to slap the Trump administration in the face.

Despite the campaign trail claims of the real estate agent in the White House, Mexico is not going to pay for a border wall. But, instead of moving on and admitting that it was a promise that could not be kept, Trump is changing the terms of the deal. He want’s to keep the part he thinks his tiny base wants, and hand the bill to the entire country.

The cost of the border wall could be as high as $70 billion, according to the New York Times.

With massive proposed budget cuts already looming so Republicans can fund yet another tax cut for the rich, the government might shutdown next Friday.

From Politico,

There is a combative element to the divided Trump White House…

“There are people in the West Wing who want the shutdown fight because they think that’s how you get things done. And there is another faction in the White House that knows that’s a bad idea,” said a senior House Republican aide.

… Many Democrats are open to giving Trump some concessions to receive funding on their domestic priorities as part of a deal… but not a border wall.

The priorities of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Mick Mulvaney puts anti-immigration policies and defense spending at the top of the Trump administration’s list. But Democrats are not likely to go along, and no budget is likely to pass without Democratic votes.

Real Clear Politics put it this way:

Indeed, the White House faces a steep learning curve on government spending, as with its other congressional misadventures thus far. Congressional leaders, the Republican operative said, are “explaining to them that in order to keep government open, they’ve got to do a bipartisan spending vehicle here.”

Bipartisan governing is not something Republicans have demonstrated much interest in. However, the realities of the legislative process are about to slap them in the face if they don’t stop acting like single-party rule is the same thing as a dictatorship.

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