US Senate approves bill to keep government running into 2019

US Senate approves bill to keep government running into 2019

US Senate approves bill to keep government running into 2019

The U.S. Congress on Thursday steered toward preventing a partial federal shutdown as leaders hoped for final passage of a temporary government funding bill that still leaves President Donald Trump without money for his promised border wall.

They also worry Trump's failure to make good on his signature campaign promise could hamper his re-election campaign.

"The administration can not reprogram funds appropriated by Congress for the full wall without our assent, to do so would violate Congress' Article I powers", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the floor Wednesday.

Trump had originally demanded $5 billion to begin building the wall this year, but White House officials said earlier this week that he was willing to settle for far less.

United States senators passed the measure, which would keep the government running until February 8, by voice vote without a roll call.

Trump said America is risking a continued "reign of chaos" from crime, drug cartels and coyotes.

Trump has not indicated whether he would sign or veto the legislation if it is approved.

"At the end of the day, we don't want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border from illegal immigration", Sanders said.

But two White House aides said the President likely has no choice but to sign a temporary funding measure to keep the government open until February 8.

"When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership".

If the government goes into partial shutdown starting on Saturday, it could last until the new Democratic majority takes over in the House.

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Trump's rejection of a bill that would keep the government fully operational through Feb 8 comes just one day before funding expires for key agencies - sending lawmakers scrambling for a new compromise.

Republican and Democratic leaders gave strong signals that the stopgap bill, known as a continuing resolution, would pass Congress and land on the president's desk.

Under intense political pressure from his conservative base, President Donald Trump is trying to find a way to fulfill a central promise from his 2016 campaign, constructing a border wall with Mexico, as the specter of a holiday shutdown looms.

Even if DHS were temporarily left without funding, though, it would not materially impact border security, because Border Patrol and ICE agents would nearly certainly still be required to report for work. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the group, said Trump should veto the funding bill if it passes.

"That's something that we would be able to support", she said, as long as it's coupled with other funding.

Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has repeatedly caved to opposition from Democrats on the funding of the wall.

But on Tuesday, the White House appeared to step away from the brink of a shutdown.

Right-wing columnist Ann Coulter - author of In Trump We trust - recently opined that the president will not be re-elected without a wall.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway hinted earlier that Trump is leaning this way when she told reporters at the White House the President will "take a look at" the continuing resolution, though she attempted to frame any punt as something other than a concession from the White House.

Brian Kolfage, the Iraq War veteran behind the fundraiser, said raising the money was achievable if everyone who voted for Mr Trump pledged $80.

In a last-ditch attempt to resolve the impasse this year, McConnell on Tuesday proposed giving Trump a $1 billion fund that he could use at his discretion for border security.

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