Shutdown fears reignite after Trump lashes out at GOP leaders

Shutdown fears reignite after Trump lashes out at GOP leaders

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U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

UPDATE 11:24 a.m. EST: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump will not proceed until he is promised “steel slats or a wall.” He is now scheduled to meet with Republican leaders Thursday at noon EST.

Statement below:

“The President is having a meeting with Republican House Members at noon today. At this moment, the President does not want to go further without border security, which includes steel slats or a wall. The President is continuing to weigh his options.”

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lashed out at Republican leaders Thursday for failing to secure funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, potentially throwing a wrench in plans to fund the government through early February.

While 75 percent of the federal government is funded through the current fiscal year, funding for remaining departments will expire at midnight on Friday night without Congressional action and presidential approval, resulting in a partial shutdown.

Late Wednesday night, the Senate unanimously approved a continuing resolution (CR) that maintains funding at existing levels for nine executive departments through Feb. 8, 2019.

The House was expected to take up the CR Thursday afternoon.

While Trump told Democratic leaders last week that he would be “proud” to shut down the government if he did not receive $5 billion to fund the wall, the White House appeared to be backing down earlier this week.

With Democrats leaving $1.6 billion for border security on the table, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Tuesday that the president had instructed federal agencies find areas in which they can make cuts in order to piece together funds that could then be repurposed for the wall

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters Wednesday that the president would “certainly” consider signing a short-term fix.

Trump’s allies in the House Freedom Caucus and conservative media have pushed back against the short-term fix, urging him to refuse to sign the bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) postponed a planned Thursday morning press conference with Republican leaders, reportedly as he took an emergency call from Trump.

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