Stall that wall. The Senate passed a massive spending bill Tuesday that would keep the government running until December — but it doesn’t earmark funding for President Trump’s long-promised border-wall and it remains uncertain whether he would sign such a measure.
The legislation, which passed by an overwhelming 93-7 vote, aims to put off the funding fight over Trump’s wall with Mexico until after the midterm elections. The $854 billion bill will be taken up by the House next week and comes less than two weeks ahead of the Sept. 30 funding deadline.
Over the weekend, Trump raised the possibility of shutting down the government if the bill didn’t include funding for his wall.
“When will Republican leadership learn that they are being played like a fiddle by the Democrats on Border Security and Building the Wall?” Trump tweeted. “Without Borders, we don’t have a country. With Open Borders, which the Democrats want, we have nothing but crime! Finish the Wall!”
A White House spokeswoman did not return a request.
Tuesday’s bill covers funding for the Pentagon, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Homeland Security departments. Trump will likely relish the fact that the Pentagon budget for 2019 under the current version of the bill is $606.5 billion, a $17 billion boost compared to this year.
“We did our job and focused on what we should be doing — making responsible, thoughtful decisions about how to fund these federal agencies, and leaving controversial policy issues out of it,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
The Homeland Security funding is where Trump is expected to diverge.
The $1.6 billionDemocrats have conceded to providing for Trump’s wall over the course of 2019 is far from the $5 billion has has demanded.
GOP leaders, fearing a shutdown ahead of the November midterms, are hoping to delay that fight.
Trump has gone from promising that Mexico would pay for his wall to demanding that Congress makes sure American taxpayers foot the bill.
Democrats have remained resistant to allot funding for the border barrier, arguing it has nothing to do with national security and only belies racial animosity.
This article provided by NewsEdge.