President Trump told Republican lawmakers Tuesday that he would "love to see a shutdown" of the federal government if Democrats do not support his proposed changes to immigration law. Trump made the comments as GOP leaders raced to muster support for yet another stopgap spending bill that would keep the government open through March 23. Under a previous agreement, funding is scheduled to run out at 11:59 p.m. Thursday. The White House has proposed steep cuts in legal immigration and increased border security, including a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, in exchange for continuing protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Democrats have balked at the proposals and forced a three-day government shutdown over the issue last mon...
President Donald Trump threatened a government shutdown if Congress did not act quickly to close immigration loopholes allowing MS-13 gang members to cross the border. “Frankly, I’ll go a step further, if we don’t change the legislation, if we don’t get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country … if we don’t change it let’s have a shutdown, we’ll do a shutdown,” Trump said. “It’s worth it for our country.” The president hosted a law enforcement roundtable on the threat posed by MS-13 gang members with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials from the Department of Justice. “I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of,” Trump continued. Several members of Congress also attended — Reps. Le
The Senate's No. 2 Republican said Sunday that the government shutdown was likely to extend into Monday as congressional Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for and urged each other to end the political stalemate. Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn, R-Texas, said, "right now, yeah, I do" when asked if he thought the impasse would last into a third day. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of approximately 18 senators huddled to craft a compromise spending plan to present to their respective leadership teams. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/954722155463430145 Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said it was time again for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to meet and discuss the latest terms. “I feel li
Day One of a government shutdown, filled with increasingly angry finger pointing from both Democrats and Republicans, on Saturday appeared to produce little in terms of a potential solution for the impasse on how to fund the government. As Friday turned into Saturday, the shutdown kicked in after Senate Democrats blocked a 28-day resolution to keep the government open. The bill would have funded the government, and included a six-year extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). But Democrats rejected it, as it did not include a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That Obama-era program, which offered protection for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, was repealed by President Donald Trump in September