This Looks Like ‘Another Schumer Shutdown’ if Senate Fails on Border Wall Funding

On 'The Ingraham Angle,' a frank discussion of possible next moves after House gives Trump a win

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If the Senate fails on Friday to follow in the House’s footsteps and pass a budget bill with border wall funding, then it will be “another Schumer shutdown,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) warned Thursday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

President Donald Trump has been struggling to convince enough House members and senators to vote for a budget that includes $5 billion in border wall funding.

Although House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) refused so far to budge on border wall funding and claimed Trump didn’t have the votes, the House passed a stopgap bill with $5 billion for the border wall.

The Senate, which passed a budget without border wall funding earlier this week, will vote on Friday on the border wall funding.

Scalise noted that Trump and GOP lawmakers were told, “You don’t have the votes in the House to fund the wall.”

“And today we put up a massive vote with a large margin of Republicans that said, ‘We’re going to stand with this president. We’re going to fund the wall,'” Scalise said to host Laura Ingraham. “And we just gave [Trump] serious leverage in whatever negotiations he’s going to have with the Senate. They have to confront this issue knowing we have the president’s back in the House.”

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Schumer still is refusing to budge, and Scalise said that “this looks like another Schumer shutdown” if no Democrats vote for $5 billion in border wall funding and if not all of the Republican senators vote for it.

“And think about this. A few years ago, Chuck Schumer voted for a border wall. He’s going to have a hard time reconciling that,” Scalise said. “If you listen to what he’s saying, he’s making it personal. He doesn’t want Donald Trump to get money for the wall because he doesn’t want Donald Trump to get a win.”

“The American people see Donald Trump fighting for them to secure the border. It’s about border security,” Scalise added on Thursday night. “If Chuck Schumer wants to sit there and say we’re going to have a shutdown, try to blame somebody else for it, the American people know this is about border security. You’re for it or you’re against it.”

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), also a guest on the program, said that “we just passed $5 billion in border wall funding” in the House and “we have agreement on all the funding but for the $5 billion for the wall.”

“That’s the only thing that’s holding up funding the government versus shutting the government down,” Duffy said as he urged the Senate GOP to take up the mantle and fight for border security.

Scalise said, “Thank God we have President Trump fighting to secure the border. That’s what this fight’s going to be about.”

Ingraham also interviewed Brian Kolfage, the triple-amputee veteran who raised more than $8 million in three days to fund Trump’s border wall with a GoFundMe campaign.

Kolfage, a Purple Heart recipient who lost both his legs and one arm in Iraq after a rocket attack on his airbase, took action this week when it looked like Trump wouldn’t get the funding he demanded for the wall.

“This is Americans coming together. They want the wall, and they’re putting their money where their mouth is and they’re funding it,” Kolfage said.

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“The wall is an important thing for me. I feel it’s near and dear to my heart, and it was a promise that was made to Americans. And this is a very important part of our nation, our country,” Kolfage added. “We need security. We are a nation of laws. We need to enforce these laws.”

Kolfage has had some recent run-ins with Facebook, which shut down some of his pages. He told Ingraham that he’s “not allowed” on Facebook anymore, that he’s on Twitter, and that he’s focusing his efforts on this border wall funding campaign.

“[Liberals are] going to come out and attack me. They’re going to come out and attack my family. It’s just, you know — they can go ahead and do what they want, but we’re not stopping,” Kolfage said. “We’re going to keep pushing through if — no matter what Congress does, if they pass this through, we’re not stopping. We’re going to keep pushing this through.”

Trump himself took to Twitter on Thursday night to praise the House and prod the Senate, writing, “Thank you to our GREAT Republican Members of Congress for your VOTE to fund Border Security and the Wall. The final numbers were 217-185 and many have said that the enthusiasm was greater than they have ever seen before. So proud of you all. Now on to the Senate!”

“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. Today the House Republicans voted and won, 217-185. Nancy does not have to apologize. All I want is GREAT BORDER SECURITY!” Trump added.

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