Democrats have been threatening to shut down the government as we quickly approach December 8, which is the deadline Congress’ new budget.
Sometimes the government’s funding runs out and there is a decision to be made on what we will allow our budget to be used on, and whether or not to raise the debt limit. Democrats are angered over Republicans’ refusal to grant DACA amnesty, and are therefore threatening the shut down unless they get what they want.
Trump has tried to make a deal with the Democrats on DACA, and even offered to come to an agreement on amnesty in exchange for the border wall. However, there doesn’t ever seem to be a fair deal when it comes to liberals.
On Wednesday, President Trump confirmed that a shutdown is indeed possible.
“It could happen,” he said, “the Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous to our country. They are looking at shutting down.”
“They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime. Tremendous amounts of crime,” Trump continued, “We don’t have to have that. We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country. And we want people to coming into our country, but we want them to come on our basis.”
Trump’s warning came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are scrambling to pass a funding measure before the Dec. 8 shutdown deadline.
The president is set to meet Thursday with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to discuss a spending deal.
Schumer and Pelosi pulled out of a White House meeting last week after Trump said “I don’t see a deal.”
Several high-profile Democrats have threatened to vote against a spending bill if Congress does not address immigrants who may lose their protections to live and work in the U.S. due to Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA).
Republican leaders have said they will not consider a DACA fix as part of a government funding package.
The White House has called for tougher immigration controls and more border-security measures in return for relief for DACA recipients.
Democrats have rejected the notion they would shoulder blame for a shutdown, pointing out Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House.
Buckle in folks, this could get nasty.
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