There’s a possible government shutdown looming this week because, surprise, Democrats and Republicans are arguing and haggling over what should be included in a government spending bill for 2017. And if they can’t agree on a bill by midnight on April 28, a government shutdown will be triggered.
One issue that there’s a tinge of bipartisan agreement on is that the bill shouldn’t include funding for President Donald Trump’s long-proposed border wall. As The Hill points out, Democrats have long been against this proposed wall (since the campaign days), while top Republicans (such as Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri) have more recently said that such funding for the wall won’t happen.
Still though, President Trump’s continuing to make the wall an issue by discussing its importance in the drug war and by referencing Hispanic gangs such as MS-13.
President Trump is also still suggesting that our southern neighbors will pay for such a wall “in some form.” So despite a possible government shutdown, despite rebuttals from Mexican leadership and as well as leadership in Congress about funding, President Trump is continuing to push forward with what was perhaps his signature campaign promise.