The Senate plans to introduce a short-term spending measure to fund the Federal Government in hopes of avoiding the looming Government shutdown, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday speaking from the Senate floor.
The continuing resolution would fully fund the government until February 8th, 2019.
McConnell went on to say that the Democrats aren’t taking border security seriously, “allergy to sensible immigration policies.” He also explained that, “we need the government to remain open for the American people.”
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that Democrats would support the C.R., saying in part that it’s a terrible idea to shutdown the government “over Christmas.”
The Washington Post reports the temporary spending measure would “deny President Trump the money he wanted for his border wall.” The article goes on to say that President Trump is expected to sign the measure, a White House Aide said, “speaking on the condition of anonymity.”
Last week speaking with the likely Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), President Trump said he’d proudly shutdown the government if his border wall was not funded.
TRUMP: "Yes. If we don't get what we want, one way or the other…I will shut down the government. Absolutely. I am proud to shut down the govt for border security…I will take the mantle, I will be the one to shut it down. And I'm going to shut it down for border security." pic.twitter.com/61aBwpBoDy— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2018
On Wednesday morning via Twitter President Trump said, “one way or the other, we will win on the Wall!” He added in a separate tweet, that Mexico was “paying (indirectly) for the Wall,” through the new trade deal USMCA. He went on to say that “the United States Military will build the Wall!”
As the Washington Post article points out it’s unclear how trade with Mexico will pay for the wall.
The Senate could hold a vote as early as Wednesday afternoon, with the House voting on the C.R., sometime Thursday.