Dec 6, 2018, 1:22 PM ET

Shutdown looms as Nancy Pelosi rejects Trump's demand for border wall

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As Democrats wait to take over the majority next year, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi says that lawmakers should punt a debate over the president's demand for a border wall to next fall in order to avert a partial government shutdown later this month.

Rejecting President Donald Trump's $5 billion demand for a border security, Pelosi told reporters she would refuse an offer to permanently resolve the standoff over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in exchange for any money for a border wall.

“They’re two different subjects,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said, expressing a desire to decouple the debate over DREAMers from a fight over the border wall.

The House of Representatives and Senate passed a two-week stopgap measure Thursday afternoon, extending current levels of funding until December 21 and buying appropriators a little more time to negotiate a long-term deal. Seven out of 12 areas of federal appropriations currently remain unfunded for the rest of FY2019, though lawmakers have successfully funded approximately 75 percent of government earlier this year.

“We have before us all of the factors, all of the issues to make a decision. I think that what we can do that makes sense is to pass the six bills where the members of the appropriations committee have come to terms [during ongoing negotiations],” Pelosi proposed. “Then have a [continuing resolution] only for Homeland Security as we go forward, and that’s pretty much where our position is now.”

PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks to media at the G20 summit, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
President Donald Trump speaks to media at the G20 summit, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Pelosi clarified that she’d support a continuing resolution for the Homeland Security appropriations title that maintains current levels of funding through the end of next September because there’d be “no point” in passing a short-term bill that requires the new Democratic majority to rehash the debate early next year.

If Congress maintains current levels of funding for homeland security, Trump would still receive a total of $1.67 billion of border security, of which $1.3 billion would be earmarked to construct new fencing.

Throughout negotiations, Trump has repeated his demands for $5 billion toward building a wall at the southern border, threatening to shut down the government if Congress sends him a continuing resolution that does not include funding for border security.

"[A shutdown] could happen over border security. The wall is just a part of border security -- a very important part -- probably the most important part," Trump said late last month. "But could there be a shutdown? There certainly could, and it will be about border security, of which the wall is a part."

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will meet with Trump at the White House next Tuesday, December 11, to discuss the stalemate.

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  • cm

    Any Drat that has a fences around their many homes and does not vote on all the money our PRESIDENT wants and needs for OUR WALL needs all their fences torn down, PERIOD!

  • jo

    Could the author include some limited analysis using facts? Such as explaining where are borders are weakest based on the known # of people and illegal goods that come through?

    It seems disingenuous reporting to re-state the Executive Branch agenda but then fail to report the larger story.

  • hickjustice

    Trump should just lie and say he built the wall. His cultist followers will believe him and the rest of us will save billions of tax dollars that can be applied to more important projects like infrastructure.

  • wheezer

    2008: Leader McConnell vows to make Obama unre-electable
    2018: Leader Pelosi same goal.

    same shoe, different foot

  • Former Earthling

    We'll see if Dems can finally grow a pair. Stand-up to this white supremacist.

  • AlexaGuyer

    For the past two years I have been complaining that the GOP doesn't have the 'stones' go up against Donald Trump. I am thrilled to know that a WOMAN is in charge now and has them.

  • Army Brat

    Trump created the immigration problem and has refused to fix it . In 2016 the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration package that passed with 64 votes . Paul Ryan said they had enough vote ( with Democrats) to pass the bill . Then came the group of Republican White Nationalist that told Trump to reject the bill . Ryan said without Trumps approval he would not bring the Bill up in the House . BTW that bill had money for a wall

    That’s how we got here today - so now there will be NO WALL

    Shut the government down because it worked out so well for you last time

  • Army Brat

    Republicans if nothing else are hysterically funny : After 8 years of refusing to work with Obama they now ...;wait for it ..,here it comes ...they say Democrats won’t compromise

    Morons !!!

  • wireknob

    For anyone expecting reasonable compromise from Democrats to actually get things done, I guess you can forget it. Just more empty political gestures coming from House Dems.

  • John J Guy

    Well said Ms Pelosi...

    The Idiot in Chief is going to look a little silly the next time that he screams about Mexico paying for his Magic Wall. He can throw Tantrums all day long.

    ....The Democrat majority House of Representative aren't going to be pushing for the Wall!

  • TexWho

    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who controls the chamber’s agenda, has not brought up the legislation for a vote,...
    now Trump wants to fire old McConnell

  • wdj

    The wall is NEVER going to be built, besides the fact that it is just a dumb idea, there are several road blocks that will delay and up the cost past the ridiculous point it is already at.

  • Army Brat

    Love it about Pelosi becoming relevant

    Let’s be clear : Come January no legislation becomes law unless Pelosi approves it -
    Nothing !!!

    Now that’s what we call relevant

  • T Green

    Pelosi trying to be relevant. What a joke. Better make some more wage laws for StarKist honey.

  • Army Brat

    Trump shouldn’t feel too bad at not getting his wall David Duke will still do a eulogy for him

  • Guest81

    Is he still going on about that wall? No one should ever wonder what kind of "businessman" Trump was.

  • Mr. Coconut XII

    Do we get a tax break if the Gov shuts down?

  • Reaper .

    Just so you know, being chased by people with machetes is just part of the charm in visiting Kenya...it's like the joining the running of the bulls in Mexico or like a black guy wandering into a VFW in Mississippi.