March 21 2018

How Trump's wall could shut down the U.S. government

March 21 2018, 12:38 | Van Peters

How Trump's wall could shut down the U.S. government

How Trump's wall could shut down the U.S. government

Democrats are insisting that funding for the controversial barrier is not included in a bill to keep the government running past the September 30 deadline. Since neither of these two would likely receive a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives would have to choose between them, each state casting one vote.

United States markets were seen lower on Wednesday and the dollar was affected after the threats from Trump.

"Trump has failed to deliver on his signature promise to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it. Trump even admitted in a private conversation with Mexico that his border wall promise was "the least important thing". Democrats responded, in essence, "make our day". As the Huffington Post noted, experts pushed back against Trump during the campaign, saying that the wall would be unfeasible and too costly.

Conservative House Republicans agree with the Republican president on the need for a wall and say border-wall funding should be a priority in any spending legislation. Now, the president has suggested he would veto a spending bill that doesn't fund the wall.

"If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", he said during a raucous campaign rally in Phoenix.

In 1.02pm trading in NY, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.2 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite Index slid 0.3 percent.

Trump's remarks were "unsettling", Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., wrote in a note Wednesday.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean implies that the GOP is the party of racism; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca., and Senator Corey Booker, D-N.J., want to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol; and Reverend Al Sharpton wants to end all public funding for the Jefferson memorial! "They are not good for the investment climate".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has called for a "clean" debt ceiling increase, meaning the vote is not attached to other provisions.

Once Congress returns, lawmakers will have until October 1 to pass a spending bill and also will have to lift the debt ceiling by late September to allow the government to continue borrowing money to pay its debts. "The President is committed to making this happen and we're going to push forward".

The United States doesn't need a third political party because it is now being ruled by one "Uni-party", an analyst said.

Congress will also have to decide on the next pay raise for the military in 2018.

"It's just not smart", Wilson said, for Trump and GOP leaders to spar when all should be focused on tax reform and immigration enforcement. In the administration of former President Bill Clinton, there was a shutdown lasting five days in 1995 and one lasting 21 days in 1996. Namely: the debt ceiling.

A bit more context: Government shutdowns, historically speaking, are nearly always a very bad thing for the side that gets the blame. He also said the appeals court has enacted an effective system for triaging filings for any legal defects and has decreased the time it takes to process cases. They hold an 8.4 percentage point lead over the Republicans...

This voltage is unusual between a White House and a Congress controlled by the same party, especially in the first year of the mandate.

Democrats and their allies on the left are playing a risky game exploiting racial identity politics.

"Were such a New Party to present a presidential candidate in 2020, the only certainty is that the Republican Party's standard bearer would receive fewer popular votes than either the Democratic Party's or the New Party's candidates". Trump said they didn't do it and "now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up".

"Could have been so easy - now a mess!" the president tweeted. But by threatening the shutdown over the wall funding at this stage, it is Mr. Trump who has fenced himself in.

Democrats say they won't support any money for the wall or for more deportation officers, but they appear open to more spending on fencing or electronic surveillance.

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