Guest post by Joe Hoft
USA Today is reporting that the government may shut down by this coming Friday if Congress does not provide President Trump with a bill to keep it going.
Congress returns Monday with just five days left to keep the government from shutting down, and President Trump is adding to the pressure by demanding money for a Southwest border wall and other controversial programs that threaten a bipartisan deal.
Lawmakers passed a stop-gap spending bill in December to fund federal agencies through midnight next Friday. Congressional leaders are now scrambling to reach a bipartisan compromise on new legislation to keep the money flowing through fiscal 2017, which ends on Sept. 30.
FOX News reports that President Trump’s Budget Director will not say whether the President will mandate money for a border wall in this week’s discussions with Congress.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney declined to say Sunday whether President Trump will insist Congress include money for his border wall in a spending bill or risk a government shutdown later this week.
What the media is not telling you is that since President Trump’s Inauguration the amount of debt owed by the US government has decreased by $100 billion.
Under President Obama, the US debt grew by more than $560 billion which was an increase of more than 5% in his first 3 months in office.
The difference in debt burden to the US is the story that should be reported this week. President Trump decreased the US debt burden while President Obama in his first 3 months increased the US debt for a difference between Presidents of 2/3 of a trillion dollars.