WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer applauded the upper chamber’s approval of a stopgap measure to prevent a partial government shutdown.
“It’s good that our Republican colleagues in the Senate finally realized that they should not shut down the government over a wall that does not have enough support to pass the House or Senate and is not supported by a majority of the country,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement released late Wednesday night.
He added: “The American people know the president’s wall is ineffective, expensive, and only serves as a political bone to his most conservative supporters — certainly not worth a government shutdown.”
The Senate in a voice vote late Wednesday night unanimously approved a continuing resolution (CR) that maintains funding at existing levels for nine executive departments through Feb. 8, 2019. Current funding for those departments will expire at midnight on Friday night if the measure is not approved by the House and signed into law by President Donald Trump.
The House is expected to take up the CR Thursday afternoon.
Trump had said he would veto any spending bill that does not include $5 billion for a border wall. However, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters Wednesday that the president is open to consideration of the short-term measure. Conway also said Trump will continue to push for stronger border security.
The Senate-approved CR provides $1.6 billion for border security — the same amount of money allocated in the FY 2018 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.
Some of Trump’s closest allies in Congress, including House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), have called on the president to veto the CR and insist on $5 billion for the wall.