REPORT: House Dems Quietly Plotting Ways to Reopen Government Without Border Wall Funding
House Democrats are quietly plotting ways to reopen the government while stiffing President Trump every penny on border wall funding as soon as they regain power next week.
House Speaker designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other top Dems are kicking around several options that would deny President Trump the $5 billion he is requesting to build several hundred miles of border wall, according to a new report by far-left Politico.
The Democrats are hoping to push through a short-term funding bill to reopen government agencies until the first week of February. The Senate recently approved of a similar stopgap funding bill so the House Dems are confident they can put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) again.
President Trump however is putting tremendous pressure on Republicans such as McConnell and other leaders to fight for wall funding.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her top lieutenants are considering several options that would refuse Trump the $5 billion he’s demanded for the wall and send hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees back to work, according to senior Democratic sources.
While the strategy is fluid, House Democrats hope to pass a funding bill shortly after members are sworn in. They believe that would put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to follow suit. And they’re are confident that their political leverage will only increase the longer the shutdown lasts — a notion that some GOP leaders agree with privately.
“We want … the government open and my hope is we can get it opened before Jan. 3,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the incoming Rules Committee chairman. “If not, one of the first things we’ll do will be to move to pass legislation to re-open the government. And the president can decide whether he wants to sign it or not.”
“I believe Democrats are going to move [to end the shutdown] on Jan. 3,” added Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat whose district includes thousands of federal employees. “It’s got to be the first item of business.”
A partial government shutdown began last weekend after President Trump rejected a stopgap funding bill that was approved in both the Senate and the House, but didn’t include the $5 billion for border wall funding.
The House reworked the bill adding $5 billion in border wall funding which passed in a 215-185 vote.
The Senate Democrats however, rejected the bill which resulted in a Schumer shutdown.
The President is digging in his heels and blaming Schumer and the Democrats for the shutdown.