Trump keeps up pressure on Dems over border wall

The Capitol building in Washington Nov. 7 2018

The Capitol building in Washington Nov. 7 2018

Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Saturday he would be willing to sign a two-week government funding extension to allow for ceremonies honoring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.

House leaders are drafting a bill to postpone a potential government shutdown from midnight on Friday night to the end of the day on December 21.

Trump wants $5 billion in funding to construct a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border as part of any agreement to sign a package of the remaining funding bills yet to be signed into law for the next fiscal year.

U.S. border force agents reported that people were attempting to breach the fence separating the United States and Mexico, and they were forced to fire upon the crowd to stop people entering the USA illegally. Trump tweeted. "We will close the entire Southern Border if necessary".

Under the new budget deadline, funding for the Homeland Security Department and a number of other federal agencies will xpire on December 21 unless Congress sends Trump spending legislation before then that he signs.

While Democrats prefer a one-week extension, they signaled they would not object to a two-week delay.

Even some Republicans balk at spending more than the $1.6 billion for fencing and other security improvements already provided.

President Trump is demanding $5 billion for the wall, but top Democratic leaders say they can't support that level of money.

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President Trump writes in his tweet, complimenting the official proceedings which have been closely planned between the Bush team and Trump White House.

The president had been scheduled to meet on Tuesday with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to discuss the impasse.

Congressional leaders announced plans Monday to pass a two-week stopgap funding bill to keep the government open beyond Friday's deadline but teeing up a pre-Christmas shutdown showdown over border security money.

"I would absolutely consider it and probably give it", he told reporters. The meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for December 11, said a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Bush said Trump and Congress' devotion of time to his grandfather's legacy reflects the late president's commitment to bipartisanship.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Republicans are now pushing for $2.5 billion in wall funding this year combined with an additional $2.5 billion to be allocated next year.

Besides the funding bill, Congress is considering a sweeping criminal justice package with sentencing reforms, a farm bill that's a top priority of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other items before they adjourn for the year.

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