May 7, 2017  Leave a commentgovernment-shutdown-101-why-they-happen-and-what-is-closed

On Tuesday, Trump made a decision to withdraw his demand that funding for the wall be included in a short-term government funding bill due to pass Congress this week.

President Trump on Friday reaffirmed his commitment to building a massive border wall between the US and Mexico, touting his early success in stymying illegal border crossings.

“Some of the things that were said during the campaign, I think he now knows simply aren’t the way things ought to be”, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Newsmax TV earlier this month following Trump’s change of heart on whether North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was obsolete.

The idea of a shutdown over wall funding was more palatable to Republicans. Among the sticking points is the fate of cost-sharing arrangements that help reduce health insurance costs for low-income Americans buying plans through the Affordable Care Act, the reform implemented by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.

The threat of a government shutdown on Saturday did little to dampen sentiment, even though an appropriations bill that has been funding government operations since December lapses Friday at midnight.

Democrats have remained opposed to allocating funds for a wall and Republicans need their support to pass the spending bill. The measure would also while maintain foreign aid accounts that Trump has targeted, along with a series of grant programs popular with lawmakers in both parties, such as community development block grants.

In apparent retaliation for the White House’s continued talk of building a border wall, a senior Mexican official is considering the idea of an entry fee for US citizens entering his country.

This makes the Trump administration eager to bargain.

But what about all that enthusiasm among his base for building the wall?

“We don’t know how this ends”, offered Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. It should not be used as bait to sweeten any deal with the Democrats.

“It’s good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations”.

The US-Mexico border is about 3,100 km-long and traverses all sorts of terrain.

The proposal still includes $3 billion for border security, money for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol programs, including technology and road construction along the border.

He continued: “Trump, I’m sure, does not ever think he caves on anything”.

Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a Trump ally, took the president at his word: “It’s a physical wall”.

“As far as the wall goes, I’d like to see a proposal about what it looks like, and I think we need to have a discussion about the various different types of ways you secure the border, whether it’s surveillance or a physical wall”, Sen.

But the president insisted on Twitter that he still supported the wall and that it would be built.

Mr Trump told a gathering of conservative media reporters that he might be willing to wait until September for the funding.

Congress, returning from a two-week break, now has three days to strike a deal.

Short-term funding measures, known as continuing resolutions and covering periods of days or weeks, have been used to avert shutdowns in the past.

Since then leaders of conservative and moderate factions in the House have been negotiating on a compromise allowing states to opt out of certain “Obamacare” requirements, and they appear to be making progress, although legislative text had not been finalised as of Monday.

VIDEO: Trump: Mexico to reimburse US for border wall


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