WASHINGTON -- The Latest on efforts to avoid a government shutdown (all times local):WATCH LIVE: Trump speaks after telling GOP leaders he won't sign bill to avoid government shutdown1:35 p.m. President Donald Trump has told congressional Republicans he "will not sign" a spending bill passed by the Senate to avoid a partial government shutdown Friday, and he's citing an impasse over money for a border wall with Mexico.RELATED: A look back at other recent federal government shutdownsHouse Speaker Paul Ryan says after leaving a meeting with Trump at the White House that he and other leaders are going to go back to Capitol Hill to "work on adding border security" to the legislation.Trump is facing a backlash from conservative supporters who've urging to him to stick with an earlier pledge to force a shutdown in hopes of securing money for his long-promised border wall.The wall was the top promise of his presidential campaign.___1 p.m.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is urging … [Read more...] about WATCH LIVE: Trump says he won’t sign bill to avoid government shutdown
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told congressional Republicans Thursday he would not sign a bill to fund the government because it doesn't include money for his border wall with Mexico, throwing the budget process into deep disarray and risking a federal shutdown this weekend."The president said he will not sign this bill," House Speaker Paul Ryan said exiting a hastily called meeting with Trump and other GOP lawmakers at the White House.The House had been set to vote on the bill Thursday, before a deadline at midnight Friday to fund parts of the government or risk a partial shutdown just before Christmas.The White House suggested earlier Thursday that Trump was not onboard with the critical spending agreement because it lacked billions of dollars for "steel slats or a wall" at the Mexican border.And Trump himself lashed out at Republican leaders on Twitter after speaking by telephone with Ryan. Then Trump's press secretary issued a statement saying the president "does not … [Read more...] about Trump tells GOP leaders he won’t sign bill to avoid government shutdown
President Donald Trump is considering an option to avoid a partial government shutdown by signing a short-term funding extension bill before Christmas, White House aides confirmed on Wednesday. White House Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with Fox News that Trump would consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government operating until February 8th.“We will see what the Senate and the House come together and present to the president,” she said. Despite his willingness for a shutdown fight over border security prior to the midterm elections, Trump conceded to Republicans leaders House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who wanted to postpone the fight until after the election. As Congress faces a deadline to fund the government before Christmas, Republicans are again signaling an unwillingness for a partial government shutdown fight. Conway criticized both members of Congress for … [Read more...] about Kellyanne Conway: Donald Trump Considering ‘Short-Term’ Funding Extension to Avoid Government Shutdown
close Video Will Congress strike a deal to prevent government shutdown? There is no one else to blame but President Trump if there’s a partial government shutdown later this week. The president said he would take the recriminations if there’s a shutdown. The question now is whether Trump will sign a spending bill that doesn’t fund his border wall. “A lot of us are trying to help him,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., lamented when asked about the effort to secure dollars for the border wall. “It didn’t work out.” And so in the coming days, the House and Senate will likely approve some form of a short-term spending measure to avert a partial government shutdown in the wee hours of Saturday morning. If there's no action, then nine federal departments would close just days before Christmas. Instead, a tentative, stopgap package simply re-ups the remaining seven spending bills at current … [Read more...] about Will Trump forgo border wall to avoid government shutdown?
The White House wants to avoid a partial government shutdown and will look to other ways to fund the border wall that President Trump has been saying is a requirement for keeping the government open, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. "At the end of the day we don't want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border," Sanders said in a Fox News interview. "We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion."Sanders said the administration has identified "a number of different funding sources" that can be used, "that would be given through congressional appropriations that would help us get to that $5 billion that the president needs in order to protect our border."The federal government is facing a Friday deadline to fund the government to avert a partial shutdown. The president and his top aides have been saying they are requiring that the funding include $5 billion for his border wall. Democrats oppose that funding, and lawmakers have not … [Read more...] about White House says it wants to avoid government shutdown