Although news out of Washington Thursday revealed that President Trump is fully prepared to sign off on a border security compromise package, if passed in Congress, he is agreeing to the security package as a means to head off another government shutdown. The truth is, as he has stated multiple times before, he will also declare a national state of emergency that will force the funding of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.
In a recent speech on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed Congress that he had just spoken to the president about the border security bill that was currently set to be voted on by Congress. The Senator stated that he fully supported Trump's intention to declare a state of emergency, having reminded Congress that the president had told them he would to if events played out as they have.
The Senate itself is scheduled to vote on the bill first on Thursday, and then the House of Representatives will have their crack at it. The vote was fast-tracked after congressional members announced on Monday that "an agreement in principle" on funding on border security had been reached. Trump had initially asked for $5.7 million to build the border wall between the United States and Mexico. However, reports indicate the agreement fell way short of the amount at $1.3 billion.
The new "agreement" has to be through both houses, and signed by the president before 11:59 pm Fridays, or the government will begin another shutdown. This would start with the closure of several Cabinet-level departments as well as federal workers by the thousands once again finding themselves on furlough.
When asked if they felt they actually had a viable agreement that Trump would indeed approve of, Richard Selby, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman stated: “We think so. We hope so.” Even though the committee chairman seems hopeful, Trump has made no definite committal to signing the bill when it reaches his desk.
When commenting to reporters on Wednesday, President Trump did offer: "Well, we haven't gotten it yet. We'll be getting it, and we'll be looking for land mines—because you could have that."
After the first government shutdown, both parties agreed on one thing, the country could not afford another, let alone one so closely behind the first. With the new agreement, if signed in to law, the funding will provide for only 55 miles of barricades, not the 200 or more that Trump originally had his hopes set on.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will Trump sign the new agreement, this way preventing a second government shutdown?