Mitch McConnell will introduce bill to avoid looming shutdown

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"Republicans may now try to table a stopgap bill that does include United States dollars 5bn in Wall funding, but it is unlikely that this will find support from the Democrats - or in the words of Senate Minority Leader Schumer: "There are not the votes in the Senate for a wall, not now, not next week, not next month or beyond".

The turn of events kick-started negotiations that had been nearly nonexistent since last week's televised meeting at the White House, when Trump neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats' offer. A CR is a "continuing resolution" extending government funding.

"I am asking Congress to defend the border of our nation", Trump said at a White House event.

The outcome would temporarily break an impasse that threatened to close large portions of the government this weekend and send hundreds of thousands of federal workers home without pay just before Christmas.

At issue is funding for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.

The Department of Veterans Affairs and others agencies will operate as usual.

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An offer on behalf of Schumer's part to fund a border wall undermines the meme's notion that he's automatically ruled out the wall simply because Trump wants it.

Democrats have already signaled they will try to stop Trump from using other monies on the wall.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on the bill Wednesday. Many senators already left town for the holidays.

McConnell, R-Ky., met with Ryan after the House leaders returned from the meeting with Trump. "We have time right now to get it done". But the Republican-controlled House did not take up that bill after that.

The bill will not include any emergency disaster relief for communities ravaged by wildfires in California or struck by Hurricane Michael in Florida, according to multiple aides.

The Senate is being called back to session to consider a package approved by House Republicans. With 60 votes needed to advance an appropriations bill to a final vote, Republican senators need Democratic votes to make it over that threshold.

"The House and Senate will not approve a wall from reprogrammed funds or anything else".

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Minutes later, he added: "Soon to be Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, last week live from the Oval Office, that the Republicans didn't have the votes for Border Security".

Others were not so sure.

"When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership".

"We've got to stay here and get this job done and get border security passed", Walker said.

That's because the bill next heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be dead on arrival due to opposition over the border wall money.

After meeting with Trump at the White House earlier Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters that Trump had told them he would not sign the measure out of "legitimate concerns for border security". "At this moment, the President does not want to go further without border security, which includes steel slats or a wall".

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose leaders had pushed the hardest for Trump to stand his ground on the wall issue, said in a statement: "Republicans in Congress have continually told the American people that we would fight for wall funding, and today the House of Representatives took its first step toward fulfilling that promise".

But on Thursday morning, the future of that plan was thrust into question after Trump tweeted his frustration at having to swallow another spending measure that doesn't include funds for the wall.

Trump originally promised that Mexico will pay for the wall. But facing criticism from supporters, Trump continued to argue the wall would be built.

And Trump himself lashed out at Republican leaders on Twitter after speaking by telephone with Ryan.

Before turning on fellow Republicans, Trump had been directing his ire at Democrats, tweeting that they were "putting politics over country".

Trump has bounced back and forth with mixed messages.

Just last week, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the wall. Earlier this week he appeared to shelve his shutdown threats, with the White House saying he was open to reviewing whatever bill Congress could send him. It's also unclear how the trade deal would mean Mexico is paying for the wall.

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