Even though the House Of Representatives added a whopping $5 Billion to a recent government spending bill, it seems the addition only added to the possibility of a partial government shutdown, which is still looming like a dark cloud over Washington, DC.
The massive amount of money was added and earmarked for President Trump’s wall between the US and Mexico’s border, specifically the southern section. Although the House of Representatives agreed to the addition, the bill still has to go back to the Senate for final approval.
As of this time, it is unlikely that the bill will garner the number of Democrat votes needed to pass it into law.
If this happens, then there will be pretty much an impasse which will have some far-reaching effects. Many of which will include funding for such agencies as federal law enforcement, airport security, space exploration, and farm-related programs. These are just a few of the programs that will all lapse into non-payment as of midnight tonight.
Trump has already stated he would not sign a bill passed by the Senate, to keep the government running and solvent through February 8th, if it does not contain funds for use in building the border wall. This resulted in the House of Representatives Republican’s rushing and scrambling about to include the money Trump demanded into the bill sent to the Senate.
Trump stated he had made a campaign promise to build the border wall between the US and Mexico, in an effort to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs, and in order to fulfill that promise he would need the $5 billion as a down payment for the construction. Democrats have more than once stated that the wall is a massive project that in the end will prove ineffective and wasteful.
Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer stated:
“The bill that’s on the floor of the House, everyone knows will not pass the Senate.”
Trump has said that the Democrats are simply playing politics when it comes to the border wall, and in the end, it will only help him during his re-election campaign in 2020.
In a recent meeting at the Whitehouse with Democratic leaders, Trump stated he would be proud to shut down the government for border security. Trump also had plans to leave Washington for a two-week vacation in Florida, but now it seems that is not possible with the looming shutdown.
Do you think the $5 billion should have been included for the border wall?