Sen. Johnson: Shutdown Threat Not 'Helpful'

01 August, 2018, 19:54 | Author: Edward Snyder
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"It's mind boggling to me that anybody would say, 'well, we're going to shut down the government if I don't get my way".

"Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" he tweeted. Just last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) met with Trump and reportedly agreed to prioritize less contentious appropriations bills over border wall funding, which they would deal with after the midterms. Sen.

This weekend's tweet didn't mark the first time that President Trump has threatened a shutdown over his border wall, a major campaign promise of 2016.

"I think the president's very serious about his wanting more money to fund the wall", Shelby said on Tuesday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Matthew Albence's claim that family detention centers were like "summer camps" was mocked, but he said families were there because they had "broken the law". Democrats believe most families should be released into the country as they await their day in court. Instead, he simply ticked down a list of border security funding priorities and immigration reforms that he would like to see. Trump dropped the policy more than a month ago under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike.

Government funding expires midnight September 30.

But GOP leaders are itching to avoid a shutdown starting October 1 - just five weeks before the midterm elections - and Trump himself wants to ensure smooth sailing for confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"Our countries have learned through hard experience that border security is national security - they are one in the same", Trump said.

Assuming the annual bills pass and are signed by the president before the start of the fiscal year, the border wall fight could become a point of tension with Democrats later as lawmakers finish legislation funding the remaining government agencies.




Trump stuck to broad strokes as he warned he is willing to shut down the government if Congress does not take action, saying he would "always leave room for negotiation" and offering no specific funding threshold or legislative marker. The Senate Appropriations Committee, she said, was making progress and working "closely" with the administration.

The $5 billion is well above the $1.6 billion in the Senate version of a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security.

However, a disruption in federal government operations could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services. Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), who chairs the committee that aims to elect Republicans to the House, expressed confidence that a shutdown won't occur on ABC's "This Week".

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are sticking with their strategy of completing full-year funding bills for most agencies before the October 1 start of the next fiscal year.

Two of the Rio Grande Valley's three members of Congress, Reps.

Trump said Monday at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that the sanctions would not change despite the Russians' request. Nita Lowey of NY and California's Lucille Roybal-Allard - called the $5 billion a waste that "only further enables this administration's obsession with cruel attacks on immigrants".

GOP Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Grassley introduced a bill that would do just that, allowing the government to house parents and children together for longer periods of time in "family residential centers".

A news release from Vela stated that in recent weeks, Trump Administration officials "peddled a false narrative" claiming that numerous children entering the country were traveling, not with parents, but with human traffickers pretending to be parents in order to enter the country.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding answers from federal immigration officials about the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their families and its struggle to reunite them.

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