In a compassionate move for 800,000 unpaid federal workers and airport travelers suffering delays nationwide, President Trump announced he would temporarily reopen the government with a short-term deal with no border wall funding. He made the announcement while also delivering an ultimatum to the Nancy Pelosi-led House to fund the border wall by February 15 or he will declare a state of emergency to secure the funds to do so. In the meantime, a bipartisan committee will be formed to fight it out over border spending ahead of the deadline. According to AP’s sources, there is another rumored route for funding through separate legislation-perhaps a comprehensive immigration reform bill that actually secures the U.S.-Mexico border. Ahem, we’ve heard that before. We’re not holding our breath.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
During a press conference, Pelosi claimed she did not understand why Trump was insistent on getting funding for his border barriers. Trump responded instantly.
“Very simply, without a Wall it all doesn’t work,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Our Country has a chance to greatly reduce Crime, Human Trafficking, Gangs and Drugs. Should have been done for decades.”
The partial government shutdown continues into its 34th day.
The president said he would continue to demand border barrier funding as part of a bill to fund the government.
The Senate on Thursday will vote on two government funding proposals on the Senate floor, one Republican proposal that offers $5.6 billion in funding for physical barriers on the border and a proposal from Democrats that will fund the government without border barrier funding.