70% of the Government agencies are actually fully funded…..
But there are some agencies that need a new budget vote to go on operating thru next year….
The lawmakers in Congress and Donald Trump are doing a political game of chicken that reoccurs when it comes to budget time….
Trump wants $5 Billion for a “wall’ that he knows he won’t get….
The Republicans control the House and Senate….
But the Democrat’s will get House control in a little more than 2 weeks….
And the media loves a good drama like this….
The essential government services will be maintained of course….
We’ll see who blinks….
The House has been unable to pass a measure to fund the government that would meet Trump’s demand for $5 billion in funding for his wall at the Mexican border.
The party is also depressed after a House election that saw them lose the majority and 40 seats. Leadership in the House is in transition, with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) focused on his farewell speeches.
And Trump’s shocking declaration that he would be “proud” to shutter the government unless he gets his border wall all but ensured that blame will fall on Republicans if no agreement is sealed.
Frustrated Senate GOP leaders appeared to throw up their hands heading into the weekend as they await some direction from the mercurial president.
“There is no discernible plan, none that’s been disclosed,” said Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas.
It’s a perilous moment for the Grand Old Party. Either Trump folds and backs off his demand for the wall — the signature promise of his 2016 campaign — or the government will shut down over the holidays.
“The odds are 65/35 we’re shutting down. I’m not optimistic we’re going to see some kind of compromise on appropriations on Homeland Security,” said Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), the freshman representative to the GOP leadership team. “I don’t see that they’re going to get done bickering.”
“Trump will get the blame, but he won’t care,” added a second GOP lawmaker. “And the base will love him for it.”
House GOP leaders, hoping to protect their ally in the White House, are eyeing a vote next week on a spending package that includes the $5 billion in border wall funding Trump is demanding. But it’s unclear if they have enough Republican support to pass it, and Democratic leaders are all but taunting them with predictions that the measure will fail spectacularly.
“They do not have the votes to pass the president’s proposal — $5 billion or whatever it is for the wall,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who’s poised to take the Speaker’s gavel next year, said at a recent news conference. “So … if nothing is going to change in that regard, I don’t know why we just don’t proceed to keep government open so that people can be home for the holidays.”
Pelosi, along with Schumer, had met with Trump at the White House on Tuesday in a televised clash over the border wall that captivated Washington and quickly quashed any hope the Republicans had to blame Democrats for a shutdown, as they had last January…..