“This is a cave, not a wall,” said the Working Families Party after President Donald Trump announced on Friday a deal to temporarily end the 35-day government shutdown over his demand for a border wall.
Speaking outside the White House, Trump said the bipartisan deal to fund the government through Feb. 15 would be immediately put forth by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). If approved by Congress, though it will contain no funding for the wall, Trump said he would sign it.
How pathetic. On Dec. 19, the Senate unanimously passed essentially the same legislation that we will vote on today. We are back to exactly where we started. Thank you, Mr. President, for shutting down the government and holding 800,000 federal employees hostage. All for nothing!
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 25, 2019
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For the federal employees who’ve been experiencing financial hardship, Trump said they’d “receive their back-pay very quickly or as soon as possible.” He continued to assert his claims about border crime, including that human traffickers are making “a right turn going very quickly” in vans filled with women towards the US border, and argued that “walls should not be controversial” while invoking Israel’s internationally-condemned apartheid wall.
“If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, either the government will shut down on Feb. 15 again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency,” Trump added.
In response to Trump’s threat of another shutdown, Sanders, speaking from the Senate floor, said, “I think that the time is long overdue for the American people to tell this president he is not a dictator, he is not a king.”
“He is the president of the United States, and he cannot and he must not continue to threaten to…