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GOP rep. dismisses Trump shutdown talk as 'posturing'

GOP rep. dismisses Trump shutdown talk as 'posturing'”

"And I say hey, if you have a shutdown, you have a shutdown". Border security is a commitment that doesn't have an expiration date.

Short also said he believes Trump is being honest about a showdown with Democrats over government funding and Trump's proposed border wall.

Likening trying to get immigration reform through Congress as "pulling teeth", Trump said he's not suggesting a shutdown because of politics, but because "it's the right thing to do".

McConnell says the Senate is taking steps toward "funding the government in a timely and orderly manner".

Those leaders have said they remain on track to pass many of their spending bills before the September 30 fiscal year deadline, brushing aside Mr. Trump's demands and saying they're intent on avoiding a shutdown.

The president joined the fray with a tweet Sunday: "I would be willing to "shut down" government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!" But two officials said Trump recognized the political cost of a shutdown before the November elections and had assured staff he wouldn't provoke a fiscal crisis until after Election Day. "They don't agree on doing it before", Trump told Limbaugh in an interview after calling to congratulate him for 30 years on the air. Republicans - who are desperate to retain majority in the midterms - earlier this month released a spending bill that allots $5 billion in 2019 to the construction of the wall.

The president is seeking $25 billion for a border wall in this year's appropriations, along with other previously stated immigration priorities including ending family reunification and the diversity visa lottery.

"Shutdowns hurt our hard-working federal employees and federal contractors who do the important work on our national security, border security, working with our military, ICE agents, veterans, medical researchers and more", she said.

President Donald Trump on Monday renewed threats to shut down the government if Congress doesn't approve billions of dollars for border security, even as Republican leaders on Capitol Hill implored Trump to avoid budget brinkmanship before the midterm elections. John Thune, R-S.D., one of McConnell's top deputies, told reporters he expects Trump's own advisers are doing the same. "I would meet with Iran if they wanted to meet", he said.

"Many of us in the capital region felt the only leverage we had to protect the dreamers. was to vote no on the appropriations bill to keep the government open", Beyer said, referring to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as infants or children.



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