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The House passes spending bill with border wall funding

December 20, 2018

  Yesterday I was pretty hard on the President for what appeared to be his softening his stance on shutting down the government over the border wall. I wrote that if funding the wall was something Donald Trump really believed in he should make good on his threat. 

  The Senate has passed a spending bill which would fund the government until February which does not include money for the border wall, and after sending signals out the other day that he would sign such a bill and look for other monies to use on the border wall today Donald Trump indicated he would veto this bill.

  It is just breaking as I write this that the House, lead by the Freedom Caucus, has passed a spending bill which does include money for the wall with no Democratic support, setting up a showdown with the Senate on the eve of the deadline to reconcile the two pieces of legislation.

  With the Democrats taking over control of the House in the next Congress this is the last chance Donald Trump has of securing funding for the border wall and because of this I do not see either side giving in at this point. The battle of attrition is on and I believe the government will shut down. The only question is, which side is going to blink?

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2018 10:29 pm

    My hunch they will shut it down for a month until the Dems take over. Most of the government was funded, I think there were only one one or two portions not past. Why now and why so late and why did Trump change his mind?
    Maybe Trump will throw in DACA.. I trust no one at this point on this.

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    • December 21, 2018 6:09 am

      I think you are onto something, they will just wait until the new Congress is seated to do anything. At that point I see no chance of the wall funding being included even if DACA is added but maybe that is what he is thinking.

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      • December 21, 2018 6:15 am

        Looks like a simple majority for reconciliation…Corker left town thou,,,

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