Senate Voting Thursday to Potentially End Shutdown

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Senate Voting Thursday to Potentially End Shutdown
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Senate Voting Thursday to Potentially End Shutdown
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The senate will be voting on Thursday to possibly end the government shutdown. Senators will vote on President Trump’s recently offered compromise of $5.7 billion in border wall funding in exchange for numerous immigration reforms advocated by Democrats. The senate will also vote on a potential continuing resolution that would re-open the government until February 8th.

Both bills would require 60 votes, and neither is expected to pass. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has vocally opposed the president’s compromise. Schumer has repeatedly said that any funding for a wall is completely off the table.

The US government has been shutdown since December 22nd, 2018. President Trump met with Senator Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shortly before the shutdown began, and it was apparent from the meeting that an immediate agreement would not be reached. President Trump has repeatedly said he will veto any funding bill that does not include funds for the border wall.

At least two Democrats in congress are willing to compromise with the President on funding for the border wall. Freshman Congresswoman Katie Hill said to CNN that she would vote for the funding, and believed a compromise would be reached between Republicans and Democrats in the near future. Congressman Collin Peterson has said Democrats should stop fighting with the President about the wall. Peterson said it is inevitable that the wall will be built, regardless of whether or not Democrats continue to object.

It’s highly unlikely that enough Democrats will vote for President Trump’s compromise, considering Schumer’s vocal opposition. It’s even more unlikely that Republicans will vote for a continuing resolution just to have the president veto it. President Trump has suggested numerous alternative ways of funding the border wall, and its likely to be built with or without congressional funding.

President Trump has suggested declaring a national emergency in order to build the border wall. Senator Rand Paul has advocated building the wall by using military funds saved as the result of bringing US troops home the Middle East, and President Trump seems very receptive to the idea. In fact, Paul and President Trump met together just last week in the White House. No matter how the senate votes on Thursday, it will be interesting to see how this situation is finally resolved.

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