Some Democrats Willing to Compromise on Border Wall Funding

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Some Democrats Willing to Compromise on Border Wall Funding
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Some Democrats Willing to Compromise on Border Wall Funding
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Earlier today, Congressman Ben McAdams appeared on Fox News to discuss the impending government shutdown with Maria Bartiromo. McAdams joins several other Democrats who have recently announced their willingness to compromise with President Trump’s request to further construct a border wall between the United States and Mexico. The government was reopened last week, but is expected to shutdown again on February 15th.

During the interview, McAdams said Democratic leadership should allow members of the US House of Representatives vote on President Trump’s recently proposed compromise. The compromise includes several immigration reforms, advocated by Democrats, in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have both rejected any compromise that includes funding for the border wall.

A government shutdown seemed inevitable after the meeting between President Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer at the White House in early December. During the meeting, Pelosi and Schumer both stated they would not endorse any budget deals that included funding for a border wall. The shutdown began December 22nd, 2018. It lasted until January 25th, 2019, making it the longest US government shutdown in history.

McAdams isn’t the only Democrat in the House of Representatives to make such comments. Congresswoman Katie Hill and Congressman Collin Peterson recently expressed similar comments. Hill said she would vote for funding, and believes a compromise will be reached between Democrats and Republicans in the near future. Peterson has said the wall will be inevitability built, regardless of whether or not his fellow Democrats continue to object.

President Trump has stated that if Democrats are unwilling to compromise to fund the border wall, he will declare a national emergency in order to complete the project. However, it is unlikely the government will remain open while his decision is being challenged in the courts. Even with some Democrats recently expressing support for a compromise, it seems the government is likely to shutdown again on February 15th.

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