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Washington, December 20, 2018 | comments


By NOLAN D. MCCASKILL (nmccaskill@politico.com@NolanDMcCaskill)

12/20/2018 08:04 AM EST

CONSERVATIVES ENCOURAGE BORDER WALL FIGHT -- Conservatives in the House are pushing for a fight in their final days in the majority, calling on Republicans to go to war with Democrats over President Donald Trump’s request for $5 billion in border wall funding and urging Trump to reject any legislation that falls short of that. “Mr. President, we’re going to back you up,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said last night. “If you veto this bill we’ll be there.” The House is expected to take up a short-term spending package today that would fund the rest of the government through Feb. 8.

The Senate passed the package last night via voice vote, but senators are hanging around today to see what happens in the House, where conservatives see the current border wall fight as their last chance to secure funding for Trump’s wall. “Do we actually think we’re going to build a border security wall when Nancy Pelosi is speaker of the House?” Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked last night as he introduced an amendment to add $5 billion in wall funding to the bill. “This is our last best chance.” Even with conservative opposition and the possibility of dozens of Republicans skipping votes, however, the spending package would likely pass with Democratic support.

“But a poor showing among House Republicans would be an embarrassment for House Speaker Paul Ryan in what could be his final vote -- and it could embolden Trump to force the government shutdown that he threatened as recently as last week,” Sarah warns. The bill includes some money for border fencing by maintaining the current $1.3 billion budget. But it doesn’t include disaster aid for those impacted by wildfires and hurricanes. And no one knows whether Trump will sign it. “I don’t know what’s going to happen [today],” Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) said. “I don’t think anybody knows what’s going to happen [today].” More: https://politi.co/2GGcATU

Related: “GoFundMe campaign for border wall aims for a billion (at least),” by Brent D. Griffiths: https://politi.co/2QJ9a76


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