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Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Bucks, but Could It Backfire?

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Bucks, but Could It Backfire? Read Transcript

President Trump is willing to take a stand to get his border

wall with Mexico funded, threatening a government

shutdown if Congress doesn't sign off on it.

Believe me, if we have to close down our government,

we're building that wall.

The comments drew quick responses

from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

They return to Washington in early September

and have only a small window of time

before the budget deadline.

The government's current funding is set to expire on October 1.

I don't think anyone is interested in having

a shutdown.

I don't think it's in our interest to do so.

House Speaker, Paul Ryan, said he believed lawmakers would

work to pass a short-term spending bill in September

in order to have more time to settle on a broader budget


Ryan also said the government could keep operating while

at the same time trying to follow through

on the president's priority of securing the border.

While we work on doing what we actually said we would do,

what we've done already in the house, and we need to do,

which is to control our border.

So I don't think you have to choose between the two.

We've got to get to our appropriations process.

Democrats, meanwhile, outright rejected

Trump's threat of a shut down.

With House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi,

calling it destructive and pointless,

and Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer, saying it

wouldn't accomplish anything.

The president is also calling for the Senate

to get rid of the filibuster, which would make it easier

for Republicans to push the bill through.

Because of the Senate filibuster rules,

the spending bill to fund the wall

requires 60 votes to advance.

The Republicans hold only 52 seats.

So far, no Democrat is expected to support the border wall

spending bill.

Democrats are likely to have a budget issue of their own

trying to keep taxpayer money going to Planned Parenthood.

A government shut down could have another big downside

for the White House and Republicans.

It would interfere with the president's top priority,

a tax plan to rebuild the economy.

Caitlin Burke, CBN News.


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