Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Republican House. Republican Senate. Republican President. Yet... Democrats still in control.

Trump Signals Willingness to Drop Border Wall Funding in Budget Standoff

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Video Trump signals he's willing to delay funding border wall to avoid shutdown 2:17
It seems when the Democrats start mouthing off that they don’t like an issue or a policy the Republicans fold like a cheap shirt.
At the least when it comes to funding building wall on southern border.
How is it that with a Republican majority in the house, senate and a Republican President, the Democrats can shut down government.
President Donald Trump has indicated that he's willing to back away from his demand that a government funding bill include money to build a wall on the Southern border, a move that could help clear the way for Congress to avoid a shutdown.
A senior administration official tells NBC News that the president is open to obtaining funding for the border wall in the regular appropriations process for 2018 later this year instead of insisting it be included as part of the large spending bill to keep the government's lights on past this week.
Such a development would be welcome news on Capitol Hill as congressional negotiators struggled to work past the administration's demands that few members wanted.
"It's good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations," Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement Monday night after reports of the president's posture circulated. "Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues."
The $1 billion request by the administration for a down-payment on the border wall, a project estimated to cost more than $20 billion, has been a major sticking point in negotiations to avoid a shutdown when the current funding runs out at midnight on Friday.

The president first expressed this new position during a private reception with conservative media Monday at the White House. More