How concerned are you about the prospect of a government shutdown?

Marie Harrington
August 29, 2017

President Trump renews his pledge that Mexico will pay for his proposed border wall.

The Republican majority wants to cut taxes and pass a costly infrastructure bill, but Trump has threatened to trigger a government shutdown unless it funds his wall.

Mexico's remarks on Sunday night was in response to Trump tweet earlier in day saying: "With Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world, we must have the wall".

After Mexico rejected a chief part of Trump's promise - that it would pay for the wall - the president said the United States would fund it initially and be repaid by its southern neighbour. She tweeted that the email's goal was to provide reporters with "research on Trump's lies" and noted that DNC chair Tom Perez earlier this month said a massive border wall along the southern border of the U.S. is "ludicrous" and a waste of tax dollars.

McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have played down the possibility of a government shutdown resulting from a failure to approve a spending bill by the end of September, or a default resulting from a failure to increase the debt limit by mid-October. "Secure borders are vital to natl security - Congress shld fund border wall in govt funding legislation this fall - time to keep our promise, " he tweeted Tuesday.

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House Republicans voted last month to provide $1.6 billion in seed funding for the border wall as part of a larger spending package.

Fewer then 20 minutes later, the president reiterated his signature campaign promise: a wall on the southern border funded by Mexico. Half the time he rants on Twitter about all the people who are undermining his presidency (Democrats, the media) and sabotaging his agenda (Jeff Flake, Mitch McConnell).

A closer look at Trump's wall could suggest a way to avoid an impasse.

Representative Nita Lowey of NY, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, called Trump's threat the "polar opposite of leadership" and said the president should be held accountable if the government shuts down. Congress should use this funding to help American families - not fulfill campaign applause lines, " Lowey said Wednesday in a statement.

Sandwiched between several messages related to the hurricane Harvey and the efforts of the first responders, the micromessage of the president about the treaty of free trade suggests that the tripartite negotiations are hard.

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