White House to VETO Democrat Bill to End Shutdown
On Thursday, The White House formally threatened to veto the proposed Democratic bill to end the Government Shutdown.
“The Administration is committed to working with the Congress to reopen lapsed agencies, but cannot accept legislation that provides unnecessary funding for wasteful programs while ignoring the Nation’s urgent border security needs,” the White House Office of Management and Budget wrote in a statement of administration policy.
President Trump is insisting any funding bills provide $5 billion for his proposed border wall along the Southern border.
The House, newly controlled by Democrats, is expected to pass the two bills late Thursday. One would fully fund six of the seven lapsed appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year.
The other would apply only to the Department of Homeland Security, and extend previous funding levels for a month.
Democrats, who have ruled out providing new money for a concrete barrier, say that would allow them time to negotiate with the White House over border security while allowing 800,000 federal workers to get back to work and get paid.