House Democrats Plan To Vote On Legislation To End Shutdown Without Border Wall Funding

U.S. Capitol Hill building, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol Hill building, Washington, D.C.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have prepared legislation that aims to end the partial government shutdown without giving President Donald Trump $5.7 billion for border wall funding and plans to vote on that legislation on Thursday, when Democrats take control of the House.

The legislation will be in two packages, senior Democratic aides announced on Monday according to Reuters and Bloomberg.

The first part will be one bill that funds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through Dec. 8 providing the department with $1.3 billion for border security measures but no wall construction.

The second part of the legislative package funds the remaining eight federal agencies affected by the partial shutdown through the end of the federal government’s fiscal year which ends on Sept. 30.

The partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22 over the issue of border wall funding.  President Donald Trump announced prior to the shutdown that he would not sign a bill that did not include border wall funding and Democrats have so far refused to support any bill that included the funding.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D. CA, who is expected to become the next Speaker of the House on Jan. 3 when the new congressional session begins, has called a border wall expensive, immoral and ineffective.

It is unlikely that the legislative measures will pass when the bills travel to the U.S. Senate.  Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on Sunday during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Senate will not pass a bill that does not include border wall funding.

“So to my Democratic friends, there will never be a deal without wall funding,” Sen. Graham said on Sunday.

At the onset of the partial government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R. KY, said that the Senate would not consider any legislation that President Trump will not sign.

President Trump has thus far stood firm on his position to have border wall funding in a spending bill passed by Congress.  On Monday, Trump took to Twitter to reinforce the need for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I campaigned on Border Security, which you cannot have without a strong and powerful Wall,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday.

“Our Southern Border has long been an ‘Open Wound,’ where drugs, criminals (including human traffickers) and illegals would pour into our Country. Dems should get back here an fix now!” Trump added.