Trump Demands For Border Wall Funding May Force Government Shutdown Next Week

Tyler Durden's picture

After a week of flip-flops on everything from the value of NATO to labeling China a currency manipulator, moves which quickly earned him the moniker of 'flipper-in-chief' from a disgruntled base, Trump, under internal pressure to show legislative achievements ahead of the 100-day mark, is gearing up for a government shutdown fight to secure money for a border wall, more immigration enforcement officers and a bigger military.

Once Congress returns to work from their Easter break they'll have just 5 days to unveil, debate and pass a spending bill, or trigger a government shutdown on April 28 which would come right before the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency.  That said, officials could also strike a one-week compromise, giving them more time for a broader agreement.

People familiar with the negotiations say Mick Mulvaney, the budget
director, and Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, are pushing congressional appropriators to include "billions" for their agenda in private conversations. The White House, one person familiar with the conversations said, has pushed for $3 billion for the border wall, and discussions have been ongoing.

"The CR is our biggest focus right now," one senior administration official said, referring to the continuing resolution on spending.

Of course, in order to get a budget passed, the Trump administration will likely require some Democratic support in the House and certainly in the Senate.  That said, Democratic leaders Schumer and Pelosi insist that any budgets that include funding for Trump's 'beautiful' border wall is a non-starter.  Per Politico:

Securing the $1.4 billion down payment would help Trump fulfill a top campaign promise but it’s facing stiff Democratic resistance. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said adding wall funding would be “a loser” — finding few Democratic votes while even losing some Republicans.


"The only thing that could derail that progress is the White House insisting on their extraneous demands, which would meet bipartisan opposition,” said Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warned Thursday that including funding for the border wall will almost certainly cause a loss of Democratic support. “I would hope that they wouldn’t try that,” she said, adding, “the American people don’t even support it.”



But, the border wall and additional funding for immigration enforcement aren't the only issues that could force a government shutdown.  As Politico notes, disputes over withholding funding to so-called 'Sanctuary Cities', and/or the defunding of Obamacare subsidies or Coal miners' health benefits could also end in a stalemate.

“Sanctuary cities”

One of the latest threats to a bipartisan accord comes directly from White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.


The former conservative GOP lawmaker has been privately urging Republicans to include a provision blocking federal grants for any city that doesn’t enforce federal immigration law. To Democrats, the idea is a nonstarter. But Mulvaney sees it as a chance to get his former House Freedom Caucus colleagues to back the bill, so GOP leaders wouldn’t have to rely on Democratic votes.


Obamacare subsidies

The 2010 health care law is again in the middle of a funding fight, but this time, it’s Democrats who are making an issue of it.


Democratic leaders declared that any spending bill must provide money for a key Obamacare subsidy program after Trump threatened to defund the cost-sharing subsidies; the president sees the program as a way to force Democrats to the negotiating table.


Schumer told reporters this week that Democrats are “very hopeful” the payments would be included, but Republicans aren’t exactly eager to pay for the health subsidies, which they have sued to block.


In the wake of last month’s Obamacare repeal meltdown by the House GOP, Republicans are in no mood to further prop up the law. But key health and business lobbies, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, say GOP leaders may have no choice if they want to prevent an imminent collapse of the individual insurance marketplace. Another option is simply for the Trump administration to continue making the payments and avoid any final decision in the spending bill.


Coal miners’ benefits

Congress was hours away from a government shutdown last fall over a disputed miners’ health care program. Now, the benefits of 16,000 retired workers and federal funding are again on the line.


Democrats and some coal country Republicans have insisted on a long-term solution for the workers’ health care as well as a separate pension fund, but a 10-year fix could cost about $3 billion and is running into opposition among conservative groups like The Heritage Foundation along with House GOP budget hawks.

So what say you?  Are we headed for another government shutdown or will the flipper-in-chief cave again?

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aloha_snakbar's picture

Do they have enough to build a border wall around DC? I would volunteer my own labor to help with it...

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Goobermint shutdown would be the ultimate victory!

NoDebt's picture

"You'll get nothing and like it!"

- Judge Smails

HopefulCynical's picture

Shut the fucker down.

Then Trump needs to make a YouTube video and lay the whole mess at the feet of Schumer, Pelosi - and RYAN.

FrozenGoodz's picture

A wall between DC and Mar A Lago would do wonders for balancing the budget

tmosley's picture

>China is a currency manipulator, and we will label them as such

>China stopps manipulating currency, works with US to defang North Korea

>We will not label China as a currency manipulator


>NATO is obsolete because it is focused on fighting the Soviets rather than fighting terrorism

>NATO refocuses its mission to focus on terrorism

>NATO is no longer obsolete


If Trump does every single thing you want, you must continue to call him a FLIP FLOPPER!!!!!!!!, after all, we wouldn't want to be FLIP FLOPPERS!!!!!@!!@!!, now would we?

When did the ZH peanut gallery take up SJW tactics and thus render themselves permanently impotent?

HockeyFool's picture

Since the election. That is when all the SJW idiots, snowflakes, and jobless mindless millenials signed up.

847328_3527's picture

<< more immigration enforcement >>

I'm all for it as well as strict, very strict screening for all immigrants from Europe, middle east, etc.

He might encourage Sessions to focus on terror groups like the Berkely crowd and others who roam across the nation wearing masks and beating innocent people up.

Peaceful protest like the Trump and free speech people do = yes

violent protesters whose intent is only 1 thing, riot and violence = NO!

wren's picture

Terrorists lined up in orange jumpsuits as corectional officer takes inventory.

Officer asks first guy what terrorist organization he belongs to, "IRA".

Officer asks second guy, he responds, "PLO".

Officer asks third guy, he responds, "Berkley". Officer jumps on the radio and he requests that a solitary confinement cell be emptied immediately. The guy says, "But I didn't do anything wrong." Officer replies, "No you didn't, but I know how you college sissies need your safe spaces."

wren's picture

Flip-flopper my ass. The people here have gone full retard.

A few rockets into Syria isn't flip-flopping, it's negotiating from a position of strength. It was a demonstration, it wasn't going full war.

Letting the press report that we'll be sending thousands and thousands of troops into Syria and setting up a base isn't a fluke, it's a warning and a demonstration of power. Are the troops there? Have we set up a base? Nope, but the press is a wonderful warning to Syria and Russia as a deterrent for war.

Sending in a 100 consultants (troops) into Afghanistan isn't flip flopping, it's seeking an end to the action there without allowing politics to get in the way.

Sending three carrier groups to North Korea isn't flip-flopping, it's negotiating from a position of strength.

Dropping a bomb in Afghanistan isn't flip-flopping, it's a global warning which demonstrates he doesn't play games. It also served to protect the lives of our military. If it costs a few extra bucks to save the lives of US soldiers, I'm good with that.

Changing opinion on NATO after he has effectively forced other countries to pay their way, or at least increase their contributions, which was what he was after to begin with, isn't flip-flopping. He was successful. That was check-mate.

Changing stance on China to deal with North Korea isn't flip-flopping, he said he would do this his entire campaign! But he still hasn't dealt with them on trade, North Korea is simply part of the negotiation.

Trump didn't start off poor. He always had a rich family and started out with some money allowing him to negotiate his deals from a position of power. He doesn't negotiate from a position of weakness.

Despite this, we still haven't gone full blown war. Three carrier groups in a region means, negotiating in a position of power. Shooting some missiles at an airbase in Syria means, negotiating from a position of power. Those missiles not targetting Russians but demonstrating capability, position of power. The bomb in Afghanistan, position of power. The Chinese guy eating dinner with Trump when the attack was called, demonstration of power.

Peace through superior firepower, which he preached all the way through the election.

No, I'm not happy about a few things. But the overall is pretty damn good. Most of all, I'm not happy about the Fed. But I still have hope that the Audit the Fed bill will pass Congress. If it doesn't, then I'll start my skepticism, but every Tom, Dick, and Harry, whining buying into the lefts bs, that's just sad. Be upset about what you don't agree with, but for Christ's sake, have some patience! 100 days and you're already turning on him. I think he deserves a bit more time. I think conservatives gave Obama more time than this.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Bombing a sovereign country based on false flags and killing people is NOT NEGOTIATING IT IS CALLED WAR CRIMES

How would you like other countries"negotiating" the same way and killing your children in the process?

wren's picture

You are correct. I didn't say I agreed with the action in Syria. Truly, I don't. But if showing some strength ultimately gets us out of the mess that Obama and Hillary and Kerry got us into, fewer lives lost, perception of power to remove ourselves, hey, I'm not going to complain. The targetting was military and the casualties were minimal.

NAVIGATOR0832's picture

Dont forget, DJT used to be a democrat.  

Dr.Vannostrand's picture

Tom, why do you insist on typing like you're on 4chan?

JRobby's picture

Close it down. What's the worst that  can happen?

They won't be any "new" spending anyway.

HRClinton's picture


What about our Big Beautiful Armada? Ah, yes, their Tab is unaffected - "To Serve & Protect" the Fed and our Elites. 

Everything Is Awesome!  When you're part of a Team.

Sorry folks, you're still not in the Big Club. 

HockeyFool's picture

And Hillary is still not in the White house.

HRClinton's picture

And what difference, at this point, does it make?

847328_3527's picture

<< And Hillary is still not in the White house. >>


I think she's in a 'white jacket,' the type they use for mental breakdowns and stuff.

WillyGroper's picture

i asked some illegals doing yard work about how they felt about the proposed wall.

quote, "we were upset at first, but we'll get over it."

Laddie's picture

I think illegals are starting to be aware that this is ALL SHOW.
The illegals here are still strutting around Wal-Mart, glaring at us Whites, and worse.

I mean Trump hasn't helped his own base, who throughout the campaign, and to this day, are being VIOLENTLY ATTACKED for exercising their 1st Amendment rights.
The Police STAND DOWN, the Universities support the attackers and so does the MSM.

The Battle(s) of Berkeley – Someone is Going to Get Killed. Where is Trump?

There Will Be Blood: Left Prepares For War After Berkeley Beat Down: “Combat Training, Better Equipment, Guns…”

ChemtrailPilot's picture

Wrong. Illegal border crossing attempts are way down, arrests of illegals are way up, deportations are way up, ICE and immigration judge staffing are way up, and there are already promising signs that self-deportations are picking up too. And that's just a couple months into Sessions' tenure at DoJ.

As for street fighting, the right won the Battle of Berkeley and are already better equipped and trained than the antifa roaches. Trump tweeted about the need to crack down on the funders of these leftist terrorists. Don't shit your pants over the fact that everything doesn't happen overnight, this presidency has literally barely begun.

847328_3527's picture

"It's really a sad day when gangs can't freely criss-cross our borders and we can't ship assault rifles to drug lords. What is this country coming to?!"


~ Eric Holder

WillyGroper's picture

i'm sure there's a difference in the geographic locations (la raza) as far as tension between races.

where i live, i've met nothing but incredibly nice hard work'n folks.

don't get me wrong as i read about crimes committed here...gangs & what not.

i won't condemn whole groups of people on any basis other than good/evil.

could it be we get what we give?

atthelake's picture

Free delivery if you spend over $35.

ChemtrailPilot's picture

ZH still twisting itself into a pretzel pushing this "flip-flopper" meme just because T deployed some tactical rhetoric here and there. Pity. If I wanted to keep seeing generic, thoughtless anti-Trump bashing I'd go to CNN or NYT.

Especially funny in the context of how he's about to go to the mat to get us a border wall, but don't expect consistency from ZH if it gets in the way of being a shit-flinging contrarian.

NoDebt's picture

You got a lot of Libertarian-leaning type people on ZH.  Of all the factions who found a way to justify their support for Trump I can probably understand why they feel more betrayed than any other group.  I think that's what comes through here on the board quite a bit.

I'm a realist so his "flip-flopping" I see more along the lines of progress through his negotiating process.  I never took his campaign promises literally so this "flip-flopping" is probably less upsetting to me than it might be for others.  (Plus I'm getting older and politicians breaking promises is nothing I haven't seen a thousand times before- it loses it's impact after a while.)

All I ever wanted was 3 good SCOTUS picks from the guy.  Anything else good happens by accident along the way, it's just gravy.

Mostly I think he's going to have a hard time getting ANYTHING done one way or another that involves congress.  He's got the entire Democrat party against him plus half of his own party.  That doesn't leave much to work with.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Is there a potential large percentage of his supporters that did take his campaign promises literally? Were they wrong to do so?

NihilistZerO___'s picture

Demographics is our destiny.  If Trump builds the wall and gets us a 5-4 reversal of the UN-constitutional birthright citizenship, He'll have gotten us on the multi-decade road to making this country not total shit.  Even then I think Civil War 2 is highly likely.

PacOps's picture

"All I ever wanted was 3 good SCOTUS picks from the guy.  Anything else good happens by accident along the way, it's just gravy."


We knew what would happen with HRC.

We didn't have a clue with Trump.

So ... one down and 2 to go and I can move on knowing my grandchildren at least may have a shot.

Dr.Vannostrand's picture

ZH is a finance site that always dabbled in politics; not a fanboy site. Not everyone who has been here for any length of time consents to the 2 party selection system. 

Defiated's picture

Doesn't the term "Debt Ceiling' imply that there IS a limit to debt?....Why pretend?.....The US Debt is UNLIMITED!....

..just admit as much....enough with this FAKE ANGST!

Falconsixone's picture

They say ceiling rather than hole or pit to make you think things are looking up.

Mmm ... high ceilings for more better chandelier

Bill of Rights's picture

Funny how Odumbass was given a blank check and Trump has to beg at  the trough...Funny that.

HowdyDoody's picture

Yeah, but Obama was a two-faced front-man who turned his back on his supporters, Hope & Change Pffft. And The Chump is ....

bowie28's picture

Isn't the scary Gov shutdown where they only send home the "non-essential" personnel?

I guess I'm simple-minded or don't understand the DC definition of non-essential but it seems to me like that could just be made permanent and immediately solve some of our problems.

847328_3527's picture

Ban all back pay and watch them get to work, fast!

Spaced Out's picture

zh thinks it is Trump's fault there might be a govt shutdown? Nothing to do with the debt ceiling then?

I thought I was reading the Guardian for a minute there


RagaMuffin's picture

Hell, just divert the GSE funds from Obamacare to the Wall.............

WTFUD's picture

The whole circus is smoking mirrors, kabuki, distracting us from outright revolution . . . . divide & conquer . . the Neocon playbook.

Pliskin's picture

Careful using the word 'Zio' on here, there's some five month old snowflakes who might start typing in bold and cursing at you.


FreeShitter's picture

I think I saw one last night ...

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Crying "anti-((()))ism" isn't going to work anymore.  As what happened in 100+ countries over history, people are smartening up to their tricks.

Squid Viscous's picture

fake DC drama ... to distract the goys

then ratchet up Iran and Syria rhetoric, sanctions,

as the AIPAC whores in Congress foam at the mouth,

and cash their "contibution" checks

was that haiku?

SimmerDown's picture

Like it won't be raised. NEXT.

Consuelo's picture



'Next Week'...?


Does that mean we're finally gonna get some action - David Stockman style...?    

The intro commercials to this Shit-Show are $ripping me off from my entertainment...