Congress seeks 2-week extension to avert government shutdown
06 December 2018, 08:27 | Devin Moran
The Capitol building in Washington Nov. 7 2018
President Donald Trumpsaid he's willing to push back a USA government funding deadline as Washington prepares to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who died late Friday.
House leaders canceled roll call votes this week for ceremonies honoring Bush, who died Friday, meaning an extension will be needed to avert a funding lapse.
Even some Republicans balk at spending more than the $1.6 billion for fencing and other security improvements already provided. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, to the White House for a meeting Tuesday, but Democrats asked to postpone it because of Bush's funeral.
Trump kept up pressure Monday on congressional Democrats funding for his promised border wall, but he also threatened other actions to deter illegal immigration as negotiations continue.
The White House released a statement promptly after his passing and Trump has showered the former president with praise on Twitter.
As part of their campaign, Cards Against Humanity launched a website, which says: "If you voted for Trump, you might want to sit this one out", and they recently announced that they have bought a piece of land on the US-Mexico border with the sole intention of obstructing Donald Trump's signature policy promise. According to a former administration official who spoke to the Post, the Bush family contacted the White House this summer to welcome Trump to the funeral.
Instead of continuing the debate over money for a wall and border security, Republicans and Democrats spent the weekend negotiating the terms of an agreement that would delay the original Friday deadline.
The demand has raised the prospects of a possible government shutdown beyond the deadline.
Trump said he's likely to sign the short-term CR into law, which would prevent a partial shutdown of operations at the nine Cabinet departments and dozens of smaller agencies still without full-year appropriations.
The GOP-led House has not yet approved a Homeland Security funding bill.
While Trump has pushed Democrats to build the wall, Schumer and Pelosi face growing pressure from the party's liberal wing to block it.
Hoyer then told reporters that he could he could help draft border security language in such a vague manner to appease most of his Democrat caucus.
A group of border-state House Democrats sent Schumer a letter last week expressing opposition to any funding for the wall, which they said would separate local communities and antagonize Mexico.
Without action by Congress, federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would find themselves without any money to pay employees and administer programs through the fiscal year that ends next September 30.
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