Trump keeps up pressure on Dems over border wall


Lawmakers are considering taking up a one-week spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown by Friday, a move created to put off a major showdown until after former President George H.W. Bush's funeral proceedings, according to a source briefed on the talks.

Bush, who died at the age of 94, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol and be given a state funeral.

President Donald Trump kept up pressure Monday on congressional Democrats over funding for his promised border wall, even as lawmakers appeared likely to avert a partial government shutdown this week with a stopgap measure.

On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, called on Trump to support a $1.6 billion border security compromise between Senate Republicans and Democrats, instead of the $5 billion figure Trump and House Republicans support.

President Trump has been locked in a fight with Democrats in Congress over the funding for the president's plans for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Trump tweeted Monday: "We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall".

However, Trump's border wall plans are facing extreme opposition, with Cards Against Humanity joining Democrats, environmentalists and immigrant advocates in the fight to prevent the USA president from building a wall.

While Democrats prefer a one-week extension, they signaled they would not object to a two-week delay.

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The Post, citing a former administration official, said that the Bush family contacted the White House this past summer to make it clear that the President would be welcome at the funeral and, according to the paper, to "assure him that the focus would be on Bush's life rather than their disagreements".

The House and Senate are expected to approve the new deadline at some point this week.

The country shouldn't have to endure a shutdown over "Trump's temper tantrum", Schumer said last week.

"The $1.6 billion ... the language is broader than just a wall, so I think that that could probably be agreed upon, which was a figure in the Senate bill", Hoyer said. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, to the White House for a meeting Tuesday, officials said.

McConnell told reporters in Louisville on Saturday it's up to Trump "to do a deal with the Democrats".

Lawmakers say they're close to finalizing six of the remaining seven bills.

Almost three-quarters of the federal government has been funded for the fiscal year that runs through September 30, 2019, but a stalemate remains over wall funding and several remaining federal agencies, including the Justice and State departments. The current spending agreement expires on Friday.