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Pressured by conservatives, Trump rejects budget

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/20/18, 01:52 pm

WASHINGTON—UPDATE: After meeting with President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the president will not sign the current stopgap funding measure to avert a government shutdown.

Trump seems to have been persuaded by a number of conservative lawmakers who argued he should veto the bill. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., argued that this was the last chance to secure border wall funding since Democrats, who take control of the House next month, would never agree to it.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders afterward said, “We urgently need funding for border security and that includes a wall.”

UPDATE (1:36 p.m.): The House initially planned to vote on a stopgap government funding measure Thursday, but mixed signals from the White House are sending lawmakers into a tailspin. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last week that getting money from Congress for the border wall was not imperative because funding could come from other sources.

But Thursday, she said that President Donald Trump “does not want to go further without border security, which includes steel slats or a wall.” The president added on Twitter that he would refuse to sign any Democratic legislation in the next Congress “unless it has perfect Border Security.”

House Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, and some members of the House Freedom Caucus, are meeting with Trump to figure out how to move forward.

OUR EARLIER REPORT (11:18 a.m.): The Senate passed a temporary funding measure late Wednesday night to avoid a partial government shutdown. The bill funds border security and other agencies at current spending levels through Feb. 8. It is headed to a House vote next and is expected to pass, though some lawmakers have criticized it for not including funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., urged President Donald Trump to veto the measure if it passes the House.

While Trump has not yet said whether he will sign off on the bill, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House doesn’t want the government to shut down. She also said the president is considering other means of securing funds for a border wall. One source she may not have had in mind: A GoFundMe campaign a Florida resident set up this week. The crowdfunding effort had already raised more than $4.2 million as of midmorning Thursday but was aiming for a total of $1 billion.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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    Posted: Thu, 12/20/2018 02:44 pm

    I would NOT trust any Republican who is rubbing shoulders with the Dems. Bush and McCain were the worst. Dems are promising House Republicans the new year will benefit them. Don't believe the Dems or House Rep. They demand what they want and YOU are there to give them what they want. Remember, Pelosi gave us the WORST HEALTH CARE imaginable. Maybe they wanted it that way so everyone would cave to single payer like Canada. Then the rich would have to leave the country to get what they want, just like Canadians do. When will someone figure out that Obamacare was installed to bankrupt the middle class. I am on Medicare. I still have to pay monthly. And Medicare won't help with normal stuff like certain blood tests your doctor prescribes. Won't pay for migraine medication normal people can't afford. You'd be surprised what they will NOT pay for. Foot problems, forget-about-it. So, yeah, you libs out there that want single payer like Medicare, join us. Just remember, it's not free, even for old people. Amazing! Medicare has been taking money since I first got a job and are still taking. If you want better Medicare coverage, many insurance companies will even add dental (for an added cost). 

    Posted: Thu, 12/20/2018 02:46 pm

    Is Trump caving because they are going after EVERYONE associated with Trump? And now his charity. 

    What Mueller is doing is unconstitutional? He should be put in jail. 

    Has Mueller called in the squad to go after Trump's little boy? He might have an illegal piggy bank. 

    Posted: Thu, 12/20/2018 02:50 pm

    Since Ryan became the understudy to Boehner, we don't trust him. Boehner set Ryan up and now he doesn't have to care about the country anymore. We were hoping for more from him. Someone took his soul and turned him into a RINO.

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    Posted: Thu, 12/20/2018 11:04 pm

    Simple solution: fund the wall.

    Defund Planned Parenthood while you are at it!

    Continuing Resolutions only serve to keep bad policies funded. If I were President, I would veto them all!