20 December 2018

Shutdown talks collapse: Trump won’t sign spending bill without wall money

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President Donald Trump will not sign a Senate-passed spending bill, increasing the chances of a partial government shutdown.

The Senate unanimously approved the legislation Wednesday night to keep the government funded through Feb. 8. With Trump’s support, it appeared set to breeze through the House before the midnight Friday deadline to fund seven agencies that make up about a quarter of the government.

But Trump, who seeks $5 billion to build his proposed border wall, will refuse to sign the measure without his desired border security measures, House Speaker Paul Ryan said after a meeting with Trump on Thursday. Trump’s decision throws more chaos into the late scramble to keep the government running through Christmas and the New Year.

“We just had a very long, productive meeting with the president,” Ryan told reporters after House Republicans met with the president for more than an hour. “The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came up from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security.”

At a bill signing Thursday afternoon, Trump laid out in more detail why he would not back the legislation. He said “any measure that funds the government must include border security.” He pushed for a wall — “also called, so that I can give them a little bit of an out, steel slats.” 

“Hopefully, that will all come together,” he said. 

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