President Donald Trump on Wednesday in a tweet warned a group of lawmakers tasked with averting the next government shutdown to include a border security wall in their deal.
Trump’s relenting on his veto threat meant the partial government shutdown ended on January 25.
He signed a spending bill that reopened the government for another three weeks to give both sides time to negotiate a deal on border security.
Trump issued his tweet (see it below) the day the conference committee to negotiate a deal is planning its first meeting.
“If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on border security is not discussing or contemplating a wall or physical barrier, they are wasting their time,” Trump tweeted out.
The government is reopened for now, but another shutdown could be right around the corner.
The House and Senate formed the conference committee with the goal of reaching a deal on border security before the next shutdown deadline of February 15.
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Congress and the president can either reach a deal, pass another short-term spending bill — or allow another shutdown to occur.
Trump said late last year that he would not sign any more spending bills that don’t include $5.7 billion for his border wall.
Democratic leaders opposed providing any funding for the wall — which led both sides to cause the government shutdown on December 22. But the president eventually backed away from the veto threat by signing the short-term bill.
If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2019
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also reaffirmed that border security was a top priority soon after the shutdown ended.
She argued the president only reopened the government because Democrats have signaled a willingness to reach a real deal that fixes the problem at the southern border.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led the opposition against the president throughout the government shutdown. They repeatedly said they were unwilling to negotiate a border wall until the president reopened the government.
Trump and congressional leaders from both parties continued discussions throughout the government shutdown. But despite those regular meetings, the two sides struggled to find an agreement.
Trump stressed the importance of having a border wall throughout the shutdown. He argued the wall was critical to deterring the flow of illegal drugs and criminal gangs during his visit to the border back on January 10.
He made similar arguments during press conferences during the shutdown as well.
He even dedicated his first Oval Office address to the issue.
House Democrats have made several fruitless attempts to reopen the government during the shutdown. They passed a handful of spending bills that were all written to end the shutdown — but without border wall funding.
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