Trump Open to Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding
This week, at a large, campaign-style rally held in Phoenix, Arizona, President Donald Trump indicated he was willing to shut down the government, if necessary, in order to secure funding for a wall along the United States’ southern border – a key promise made during his presidential campaign.
Congressional Republicans responded hesitantly. House Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated the importance in the border wall, but stepped back from talk of a shutdown, saying, "I don't think anyone's interested in having a shutdown. I don't think it's in our interest to do so."
Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, also called the shutdown talk within his party “unwise,” telling Reuters, “When you control the presidency, the Senate and the House, you’re shutting down the government that you’re running. I don’t think it’s smart politically and I don’t think it would succeed practically.”
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger called the threat "dangerous for the confidence of the markets and it's dangerous for our role in the world as we're talking to nations like Afghanistan to say, 'Here's how you govern yourself.'"
During his speech in Phoenix, Trump called out Congressional Democrats for obstructing his plan.
“Let me be very clear to Democrats in Congress who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security: You are putting all of America's safety at risk,” Trump said. “You're doing that. You're doing that.”
Many Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus echoed these sentiments following the speech, pointing the finger at Democrats for any potential shutdown.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded by doubling down on his March warning that Democrats would not vote for any appropriations bill containing funding for a border wall, telling Republicans “they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy.”
Reuters notes that “Congress will have about 12 working days when it returns on Sept. 5 from its summer break to approve spending measures to keep the government from shutting down, and a deadline also is closing in for raising the cap on the amount the federal government may borrow.”
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