Trump On Avoiding Another Gov’t Shutdown: “I Wouldn’t Commit To Anything”
The federal government will run out of funding on November 21 if Congress and the White House fail to agree on spending measures — and President Donald Trump has indicated he is not committed to keeping the government open.
According to ABC News, Trump said, “I wouldn’t commit to anything,” when he was asked over the weekend if he would commit to averting another shutdown. “It depends on what the negotiations are,” he added.
Trump signed a short-term spending bill in September after lawmakers’ negotiations bore little fruit — particularly on the issue of funding for the president’s border wall.
Now, that short-term fix is about to run out, with no further progress on sticking points between parties.
Defense News reported on Wednesday that Trump’s legislative affairs director, Eric Ueland, said the president is inclined to sign a continuing resolution to avoid a shutdown so long as it does not impede progress on his border wall.
“He wants to see a clean CR that does not impede him in any way or tie his hands in carrying out his policy priorities,” Ueland told reporters on Tuesday.
A senior Democratic appropriations aide told ABC News that disagreement over funding for the wall is "a pretty significant roadblock" and “said the key is the Homeland Security bill, where Senate Republicans want $5 billion diverted from the Labor and Health and Human Services budget to provide additional money for the president’s border wall.”
Under Trump, the federal government sustained its longest-ever partial shutdown, closing its doors for 35 days from December into January. If another shutdown occurs this year, it will be “more in tune with the 16-day shutdown of 2013 when the entire federal government shuttered and resulted in a $24 billion loss to the U.S. economy.”