Trump threatens another government shutdown over border wall

Another government shutdown on September 30 looms, and President Trump said Sunday that he will let it happen if Democrats don't give him the votes he needs on new immigration restrictions and funding for his border wall.
By Rick Docksai | Dec 19, 2018
President Trump another ultimatum to Congress, via Twitter, on funding for his proposed border wall on Sunday. He tweeted that he will shut down the government in the next two months if Democrats do not allow passage of bills to fund the wall and impose additional restrictions on legal and illegal immigration.

"I would be willing to 'shut down' government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!" Trump typed on Twitter.

The government will automatically shut down for the third time this year on September 30 if Congress does not approve a new spending resolution. A three-day shutdown occurred in January, followed by one that lasted only a few hours in February. Both were due to standoffs over Trump's demands to overhaul federal spending and immigration law.

This third shutdown, if it happens, will be less than five weeks away from the midterm elections. Observers said that Trump may be betting that reaffirming his hardline stance on immigration will play well with Republicans' voter basea Reuters/Ipsos poll released this month found that 81% of Republicans approved of how Trump is handling immigration issues.

However, some Republican lawmakers fear that Trump may overplay his hand if he forces a shutdown so close to the elections. They worry that voters who are inconvenienced by disruptions to government services may punish Republicans for it at the ballot box. Among them is Senator Ron Johnson (R-Minn.), who said recently on CBS that a shutdown would not be "helpful" and that he wants to avoid it.


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