Just a couple of days ago, it was anticipated that a shutdown cannot be averted, while the Trump administration and Democrats remained in a dispute over the funding for the Mexico border wall.
However, the White House in a swift move abandoned the demand for government funds of $5 billion for constructing a wall on the south border, which extends in an area of 3,200 kilometers. The backing down has wiped out the threat of partial government shutdown.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has been in close discussions with Trump, expressed confidence, saying that the shutdown will be avoided.
“I think a government shutdown is not a good option,” McConnell said. “We’ve been down this path before and I don’t believe we’ll go down this path again.”
“I think there’s certainly bipartisan support for avoiding a government shutdown,” he added.
President Donald Trump demanded funds of $5 billion (£3.9 billion) from Congress to start work on the Mexico border wall, which was the top campaign vow in 2016. However, the two sides have remained divided on the issue. It is expected that if Congress and the President fail to reach an agreement on funding, it is likely that several federal agencies will shut down on Friday.
However, the dramatic setback has prompted a possibility of an end to the expected government shutdown. It has also paved the way for lawmakers to reach a compromise.
A week ago, at a televised White House meeting, Trump had announced that he would be “proud” to shut down the government. Startling the Democrats, he said, “I will be the one to shut it down.”
On the contrary, the President was seen in a compliant mode on Tuesday, saying that it is “too early to say” whether a shutdown will be avoided. However, he is determined to get $5 billion funding for the Mexico border wall. “We need border security,” he said.
The question that remains now is how will Trump avail full funding for the construction of border wall, considering that Democrats are positioned to take the House in January.
The White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the administration has been exploring alternative funding sources. She said these funds could “couple with the money that would be given through congressional appropriations” to help Trump’s Mexico border wall project.
It was uncertain that what was Sanders referring to when she mentioned about the ‘alternative sources’.
Republican Senators have stated that Trump is seeking for reprogramming defense funding or other federal accounts to pay for the south border fencing. However, the Democrats have stood against that too.
Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer stated that Trump is not permissible for moving the funds around to pay for the Mexico border wall, without the congressional approval.
But Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said the president does not have the ability to move funds around to pay for his wall without congressional approval. He added, “And they’re not getting it for the wall.”
Since the Presidential elections of 2016, Trump has remained determined of erecting a wall between the US and its southern neighbor. However, in these two years there have been many obstacles on his way, which still remain. Many have regarded his wall project a “waste of money,” which is certainly true to an extent.
If the president steps out of his radical ideologies on immigration, he would realize the amount he is disputing to waste on a border wall.
Moreover, it still remains an enigma that what alternative sources Trump is approaching. It has been asserted that it could possibly include the taxpayers’ money, which might also result in vicious conflicts in the future.