President Trump's Wall Proposal Inches Forward Toward Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's day 32 of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, and President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are starting to get more aggressive in their push to pass the former’s border wall and immigration proposal. According to a report from Bloomberg, McConnell is expected to advance the President’s latest proposal to the Senate as early as today. The measure will need support from Democrats—who have previously opposed many of Trump’s previous asks—to get the 60 votes needed to push ahead.
“We’re going to have a shutdown. There’s nothing we can do about that because we need the Democrats to give us their votes,” Trump said in a video posted to his Twitter on Friday January 18. “The shutdown hopefully will not last long.”
As lawmakers return to Washington after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, the stalemate between Trump’s supporters and many Democrats continues. Though the President said in a speech on January 19 that he would support a mix of immigration-related proposals in exchange for $5.7 billion to build a wall or other barriers along the border, Democrats rejected the offer, saying they want the government opened before they negotiate. Bloomberg noted that the general consensus between Democrats is that they “don’t want to reward the president for what they call his move to take federal workers hostage,” fearing that would give him incentive to use the shutdown as a bargaining tactic again.
This leaves Democratic leaders like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer at another crossroads: counter Trump’s proposal with a new offer that includes funding for a border wall or let the current cards Trump has dealt fall as they may. In the meantime, Bloomberg says House Democrats are working on proposals of their own to reopen the government that circumvent Trump’s wall ask but still offer $1 billion in other “border upgrades.”
With the proposal potentially hitting the Senate floor today, AndNowUKnow will continue to closely watch progress. Keep reading for the latest.