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House Passes $5.7 Billion Bill for Trump's Border Wall

The Republican-controlled House set up a showdown Friday by approving money for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

The House passed the $5.7 billion bill Thursday night by a vote of 217 to 185. However, the Senate’s most recent budget bill did not include funding for the wall, leading to Friday negotiations aimed at averting a government shutdown that would take place at midnight, NBC reported.

Although Democrats could not block the House vote, they have the power to do so in the Senate because Senate rules require 60 votes to pass appropriations bills.

Early Friday evening, a procedural vote passed that allowed senators to keep working on a compromise.

“I hope Senate Democrats will work with the White House on an agreement that can pass both houses of Congress and then receive the president’s signature,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to The Washington Post.

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Trump had pushed hard for the wall, tweeting earlier on Thursday, “The Democrats, who know Steel Slats (Wall) are necessary for Border Security, are putting politics over Country. What they are just beginning to realize is that I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has perfect Border Security. U.S.A. WINS!”

On Friday, he praised Republican members of Congress for passing the funding.

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“No matter what happens today in the Senate, Republican House Members should be very proud of themselves. They flew back to Washington from all parts of the World in order to vote for Border Security and the Wall. Not one Democrat voted yes, and we won big. I am very proud of you!” he tweeted.

He also chastised Democrats who oppose his signature project.

“The Democrats, whose votes we need in the Senate, will probably vote against Border Security and the Wall even though they know it is DESPERATELY NEEDED. If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time. People don’t want Open Borders and Crime!” he tweeted.

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Trump had urged McConnell to change Senate rules to allow passage of an appropriations bill with only a simple majority of Senate votes instead of the current limit of 60 votes.

McConnell said he would not seek to change the rules.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to resist Trump for as long as it takes.

“President Trump, you will not get your wall,” the New York Democrat said. “You’re not getting your wall today, next week or on Jan. 3 when Democrats take control of the House.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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