Partial US government shut down over border wall continues

2 Jan 19

The partial US government shutdown continues over Donald Trump’s demands for $5bn to fund a wall along the Mexican border.

The Democrats are due to take over the House of Representatives tomorrow and plan to approve a two-part spending plan to end the shutdown.

But the Republican-led Senate, which previously approved the plans, may not do so this time as, according to news service reports, it has ‘fallen in line’ with Trump’s demands to fund the wall.

Trump shut down a quarter of the government on 22 December after the government funding package did not include the $5bn for the wall he wants built on the Mexican border.

The White House said on Twitter yesterday that Trump “wants an agreement that reopens the government and keeps Americans safe”. It also said he would speak to the Republican and Democrat leaders to talk about border security later that day.



The administration said on Twitter that the Democrat’s plan would “not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border”, as it does not include money for the wall.

The Democrat’s plan would maintain the current $1.3bn in border security money – which can be used for fencing and repairs of current barriers – and fund the Department of Homeland Security through to 8 February. The other part of the plan will fund various federal agencies until September.

The Democrats plan to vote on the plan tomorrow, when the Democrats take power of the House.

More than 800,000 employees are affected by the shut down while rubbish is pilling up in public parks.

In December president Donald Trump threatened a government shutdown after lawmakers said they did not want to include the $5bn extra for border security and his planned wall on the border to Mexico.

At the time Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives respectively, said they had agreed to extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security until September 2019. This includes some $1.3bn for fencing and other security measures at the border.

However, Trump did not approve the plans at the time because they did not include the $5bn for the wall.

Trump said: “If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through military…I will shut down the government.

“And I am proud to shut down the government for border security. I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down.”

UPDATE at 10:30am on 04/01/19:

Since this story was written, the Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives and passed on Thursday the legislation that was intended to end the government shut down and provide funding to federal agencies.

However, the White House issued a veto threat against both parts of the plan, which needs to be approved by the Senate and the president.

President Trump is due to meet with Pelosi, who was sworn in as speaker of the House on Thursday, today at the White House.



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