US President Donald Trump is backing down from a threat to force a government shutdown over funding for his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, according to a Friday report from The Washington Post.
This time around, however, Trump was much more public with his threat.
“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump told a crowd of thousands at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, late last month.
In the days following Trump’s comments, Republican congressional leaders played down the idea of a shutdown over the wall, saying that there would be funding for border security in any package to fund the government.
But Democrats signalled any funding around the border wall would be a poison pill that they would vote against or filibuster.
According to The Washington Post’s Damian Paletta, members of the Trump administration told congressional leaders that the $US1.6 billion Trump promised as a down payment on the wall does not need to be included in a continuing resolution that would fund the government for six months.
The deadline for Congress to pass a budget or a continuing resolution to fund the government is September 30, but leaders have been public about the likelihood that they could pass a six-month extension for funding and deal a full-blown budget fight in December.
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