ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – As the government enters its fifth week on day 33 of the shutdown, with 800,000 federal workers scheduled to miss their second paycheck Friday, two competing funding bills will get votes on the Senate floor Thursday.
The Republican proposal would provide the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump is seeking in funding for the border wall while extending temporary legal protections to some immigrants. The Democratic proposal would be a clean continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through Feb. 8th.
Neither bill is expected to meet the 60-vote threshold needed to advance.
Democrats see the Republican proposal as a bad-faith effort to push the White House’s agenda without giving any concessions as President Trump tweets:
Without a Wall our Country can never have Border or National Security. With a powerful Wall or Steel Barrier, Crime Rates (and Drugs) will go substantially down all over the U.S. The Dems know this but want to play political games. Must finally be done correctly. No Cave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019
Democrats see no incentive to accept the Republican offer of legal protections for immigrants in return for wall funding after the Supreme Court took no action Tuesday to review lower-court rulings that had blocked President Trump from ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). And Republicans are not inclined to vote for a clean funding bill that the President won’t sign.
Looking forward, the White House appears to be moving ahead with plans for the President to deliver the State of the Union on Jan. 29 after it sent an email to the House sergeant-at-arms asking to schedule a walk-through. While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has asked the President to reschedule the State of the Union or deliver it elsewhere, she hasn’t formally revoked her invitation for him to deliver the address.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill