President Trump is in a tight spot.
He’s feeling the pressure to get the wall built, and pressure on both sides is coming down on him to either get it built or to renege on his demands for the budget demands he’s put in place.
What’s especially harmful to Trump’s wall-building efforts is the fact that key GOP senators are working against him at the moment.
While the House of Representatives just voted to approve the use of 5 billion dollars to build the wall, whether or not the Senate will approve the measure is unclear.
Some Republican Senators Are Working Against Trump
To get the wall built, Trump had expressed his desire to exercise the nuclear option to change Senate rules to help avoid a filibuster that might block the bill funding the wall.
Senate Republicans didn’t think going nuclear was the right option. And so they shut down his attempt on Thursday.
Some of these Republicans did this not because they don’t want the wall built, but because they’re worried about the precedent it would set.
Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah said. “I’ve long said that eliminating the legislative filibuster would be a mistake…It’s what’s prevented our country for decades from sliding toward liberalism. It’s inconvenient sometimes, but requiring compromise is in the interest of both parties in the long term.”
And Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona was there to support Hatch in his refusal to eliminate the filibuster.
“The Senate filibuster is about the only mechanism left in Washington that brings the parties together. Deploying the nuclear option would blow that up. I will not vote to do it,” Flake said.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, added that he would also not vote to use the nuclear option.
“We have rules to follow. I want to put a stop to this practice of the Senate breaking its rules to change its rules. I will not vote to turn the Senate into a rule-breaking institution, and I hope that my colleagues will not,”
Both Flake and Alexander will be retiring at the end of their terms, so this posturing could be their way of “sticking it to Trump,” as they don’t have to worry about re-election.
The government is on the verge of shutdown, At the end of the day on Friday, it will either be that the government continues to function as it normally does, or 25% of the government will remain unfunded into the New year.
“Trump, reversing course to blame Democrats for a partial shutdown, publicly urged McConnell to use the nuclear in a tweet, adding that “our Country is counting on you!”
The demand comes as Congress has roughly 13 hours to prevent a partial government shutdown expected to begin Saturday.
Both sides remain far apart on funding for the border with no clear path on how to prevent a lapse in funding that would impact roughly 25 percent of the government. Republicans, including McConnell, went to the White House on Friday morning to talk with Trump.
The Senate passed a seven-week stopgap bill on Wednesday but Trump has said he will not sign the bill. House Republicans added $5.7 billion for the border as well as disaster recovery money to the legislation and kicked the shutdown fight back to the Senate.”