Matthew Daly Associated Press Published 6:06 PM EST Dec 13, 2018 Washington — A looming, partial government shutdown would be “stupid” but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second-ranking House Republican said on Thursday. Even if Republicans assemble enough votes to approve the wall in the House, the plan probably will fail in the Senate, said Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California. The House majority leader noted that Senate Democrats have pledged to block the bill from receiving the necessary 60 votes. McCarthy said on the House floor that he thinks “going into a shutdown is stupid,” but he offered no immediate plan before the Dec. 21 deadline. The House adjourned for six days soon after his remarks. McCarthy’s comments put him at odds with Trump, who said this week that he would be “proud to shut down the government” in the name of border security. “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down,” Trump said Tuesday at a contentious White House meeting with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York. Trump kept up the… Read full this story
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