After a 12 day battle, democrats offered President Trump a compromised spending bill that included $2.5 billion for border security, but no money earmark for the long awaited wall, as reported by The New York Times. President Trump swiftly rejected the proposal, stating in a Tweet “$5.6 Billion Dollars that House has approved is very little in comparison to the benefits of National Security.” Despite predictions of him folding on his border wall promise again, he remains firm in his position.
President Trump also rejected a deal where he would fund the government in exchange for coupling the border wall with worker permits and protection for DACA recipients. While president Trump had made a similar proposal earlier this year, it had been rejected by Congress. There is little to suggest the outcome would be any different this time around. With Democrats set to take the House tomorrow, this is likely the administrations last chance to deliver on a key promise from the campaign.
The $5.6 billion border wall would represent far less than 1% of the total federal budget. It is estimated each illegal alien has a net fiscal cost on taxpayers of $70,000 during their lifetime, even accounting for taxes they may pay.
Though the media put the blame on President Trump, it was Senate Democrats who originally blocked the spending bill, which included the border wall funding. It was the Democrats senate vote, led by Chuck Schumer, that resulted a partial shutdown.
After today’s joint congressional meeting at the White House, Democrats dig into their position of no border wall funding. Nancy Pelosi is quoted saying “We can go through the back and forth. No. How many more times can we say no? Nothing for the wall.”
The White House had invited democrats and republicans back for another meeting this Friday, but there is little to indicate a funding deal will be made.
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