Trump Setting Up Congress To Take The Fall When Legislation Falters

Trump Setting Up Congress To Take The Fall When Legislation Falters

Recent media reports suggest that Trump's relationship with McConnell has deteriorated amid repeated attacks by Trump on the Republican Senate majority leader for, among other things, failing to get a healthcare bill passed. "Make no mistake: The President said he will purposefully hurt American communities to force American taxpayers to fund an immoral, ineffective and expensive border wall".

The White House is demanding that the government funding bill include credits for Trump's border wall - a call opposed by Democrats who have the power to block the bill in the Senate, triggering a shutdown on October 1. Vendors were instructed that the wall should be at least 18 feet high, have features to prevent climbing over and tunnelling beneath the structure, and to make the designs "aesthetically pleasing" on the United States side, the report said.

Congress must raise the debt ceiling by mid-October to prevent the federal government from defaulting on its obligations.

"If the president pursues this path, against the wishes of both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the majority of the American people, he will be heading toward a government shutdown which nobody will like and which won't accomplish anything", Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer of NY said.

"If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", Trump said. There has to be a breaking point, and Trump may have unwittingly revealed it last night at his 2020 campaign rally.

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"Legislative success - especially on tax reform - is the best way Republicans can protect themselves from any Trump undertow in 2018", the editors conclude. Avoiding a federal default and a government shutdown will likely be among the chief topics of discussion.

Both the spending and debt ceiling bills could pass the Republican-led House by a simple majority vote, but will need 60 votes to pass the Senate, where Republicans hold 52 of 100 seats, meaning they will need some Democratic support.

Trump sees leverage because the government's funding will run out in September if Congress doesn't pass another budget extension.

Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly had an August 9 phone conversation that "quickly devolved into a profane shouting match", according to The New York Times. If he says today that he'll shut down the government and make the wall happen, why would they doubt it now? These numbers do not show the support you'd expect for a policy initiative that the president thinks is so important that we should allow the government to grind to a halt rather than not fulfill his campaign pledge. The Wall Street Journal editors seem to be under the impression that Donald Trump is some sort of unelected figure. Most notably, Republicans failed to repeal and replace the signature health care law of former President Barack Obama.

The shutdown threat over the border wall does not stand on its own.

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