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Trump Threatens Government Shutdown

Trump refuses to compromise on immigration

This week, President Donald Trump said he would “totally be willing” to shut down the government if Congress does not approve at least $5 billion for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a year-end spending deal.

Congress is facing a Dec. 7 deadline to pass legislation funding the Homeland Security Department, the State Department and other federal agencies. Senate Democrats have said they would approve $1.6 billion for the wall, putting them at odds with House Republicans and the White House. Trump signaled in an interview with POLITICO this week that he is not open to a compromise on immigration that might clear up the legal status of so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Trump told POLITICO that the border wall is a “total winner” for him politically that would blow back on the Democrats if they oppose funding.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said this week that Senate and House negotiators could reach a deal on government funding if the president did not interfere. Schumer also said that the Trump administration has yet to spend “a penny” of the $1.3 billion Congress appropriated for border security in fiscal 2018, which ended on Sept. 30.

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