September 21, 2018
President Donald Trump berated Congressional Republicans on September 20 over the lack of funding for his border wall in the spending bill passed on September 19—stoking a fight that GOP lawmakers had hoped to avoid until later after the elections in November, according to a report by The Hill.
The $854 billion appropriations bill was approved by the Senate on September 18 by a vote of 93-7, providing funding for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education.
Six out of the seven opposing votes came for Republicans; Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) also gave a thumbs-down to the legislation.
The Senate version of the measure includes a continuing resolution that extends funding for all other agencies through December 7, after the midterm elections—offering a reprieve from the contentious border issue until after Americans have cast their votes.
The House is expected to take up the funding bill next week, ahead of the September 30 deadline to keep the government funded.
“I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms?” Trump asked in a 7:43 a.m. tweet, adding, “Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!”
According to The Hill, the president has repeatedly chastised lawmakers for failing to pass stricter immigration laws and has requested full funding for his proposed wall .
Indeed, earlier this year, the POTUS said he would be willing to shut down the government if he did not receive enough funding for the wall—and, in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV this week, Trump hinted that he intends to take an executive action on immigration in the coming weeks, although he declined to specify what it might be.
In late June, when the most recent polls on the wall were conducted, a CBS poll indicated that 51% of Americans believe that a wall along the United States southern border is a good thing, even if that structure does not span coast-to-coast.
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