Prison » Republicans united behind Trump in shutdown, for now

Washington Examiner
January 9, 2019

House Republicans say they expect most of their caucus members to vote against a series of Democratic bills aimed at reopening shuttered parts of the government and won’t buckle to Democratic pressure to abandon President Trump’s push for a border wall.

At least for now.

“I think our conference is united,” Republican Conference Chairman Mark Walker of North Carolina told the Washington Examiner, adding that maybe a dozen or so Republicans could vote for the first of several bills that will come up Wednesday.

Democrats on Wednesday will call up the first of seven bills that would reopen portions of the government, but without adding any of the border wall funding that Trump wants. All told, the bills would fund nine agencies and departments that closed Dec. 22 at midnight and left 800,000 federal employees poised to miss paychecks beginning Friday.

House Republicans met privately in the Capitol Tuesday night with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the border wall and the shutdown strategy. Those who emerged from the discussion said they’ll stick together in voting against the Democratic bills.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 6:50 am

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