The U.S. government may see a partial shutdown if Congress and President Donald Trump can’t come to an agreement, as the president has a hard stance on wanting border wall funding in the spending bill — a new report shows Americans are backing the president on the border wall as it hiked to the highest on record.
Trump battles with Congress over the spending bill
Democrats have opposed the president’s push for $5 billion in U.S.-Mexico border wall funding as they tried to advance a short-term bill that would keep agencies open until Feb. 8 — which did not include funds for the wall.
Therefore, the president stood strong and put pressure on Republicans in the House of Representatives to add the funding for the border wall to the revised bill, as IJR News reported.
“I have made my position very clear. Any measure that funds the government must include border security,” President Trump said during an address on Thursday, as IJR Red reported.
“Not for political purposes but for our country, for the safety of our community. This is not merely my campaign promise, this is the promise every lawmaker made. It is the solemn promise to protect and defend the United States of America, and it is our sacred obligation. We have no choice.”
Poll reveals voter support at highest on record for the border wall
President Trump’s feud with two top Democratic leaders in Congress at an Oval Office meeting about border wall funding lead Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to criticize the “Trump shutdown.”
Schumer said “this temper tantrum that he seems to throw, will not get him his wall, and it will hurt a lot of people,” as IJR Blue reported.
However, the “temper tantrum” of Trump may not just be based off his own wants and desires for U.S. border security, as the Quinnipiac Poll shows the highest number of American voters who support the border wall since they first asked the question in November 2016.
Between December 12 to 17, 54 percent of Americans opposed building the wall, while 43 percent were in support of it.
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Veteran takes up the mantle to raise millions for the border wall
A triple-amputee Air Force veteran is amongst those Americans who do support President Trump’s push to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall, as IJR Red reported.
Former Air Force Security Forces airman, Brian Kolfage, set up a GoFundMe page titled, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” as of publication, 194,152 people have donated $11,823,309 in total.
Partial government shutdown looms
As funding expires at midnight Friday and a partial government shutdown is looming, the House passed a revised short-term spending bill with $5.7 million for border wall funding on Thursday to avoid the shutdown — however, it is expected to be rejected in the Senate.