The US Senate on Wednesday, authorized legislation for short term funding in the government after President Donald Trump declared that he will shut down the government if Democrats do not approve of funding his border wall.
Last week Trump said that he would be “proud” to shut down the government over his demand for $5 billion for the wall along the Mexico border. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that the Senate will introduce a bill to keep the government running into February 8.
Lawmakers need to pass spending bills by midnight Friday to avoid a partial shutdown. The plan would push the ongoing debate over immigration and border security into next year, when Democrats will hold control of the House on January 3 and Democratic House leader, Nancy Pelosi, is likely to become speaker.
In a statement, Pelosi said, “Democrats will be ready to fully, responsibly fund our government in January.”
The short-term bill means Trump would fall short once again in his ongoing effort to secure money for the wall, one of his key campaign promises. However, many supporters of Trump are unhappy with his shutdown threats as he promised to build a wall for them.
However, many of the leaders are criticizing Trump’s obsession with the Mexico wall and expressing concerns that it could hurt his 2020 prospects.
Mark Meadows, a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said that if Trump signs a bill without wall funding, his political foundation “will just go crazy”.
Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, of New York also said, “We want smart, effective border security… That’s not a wall.”
However, McConnell backed Trump and criticized Democrats for giving $1.3 billion, for border security and fencing, but not for the wall. McConnell said, “This seems to be the reality of our political moment. It seems like political spite for the president may be winning out over sensible policy.”
Senators have launched rescue mission to avoid government shut down by temporarily pushing the ongoing clashes between Trump and the Congress through the bill.