UPDATED 8:48 AM PT — Wed. Nov. 21, 2018
A possible government shutdown could happen as Republicans and Democrats square-off in the lame-duck session over border security.
Most funding for the government will run out on December seventh, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are so far refusing to give any concessions.
Republicans are trying to secure at least five billion dollars for the construction of the president’s border wall, while Democrats are pushing for protections for special counsel Robert Mueller.
Last week, President Trump reiterated his push for border wall funding. He said with the migrant caravans arriving at the border, it’s a good time to let a shutdown happen to force Congress to act.
“I think probably if I was ever going to do a shutdown over border security, when you look at the caravans, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in — this would be a very good time to do a shutdown,” said the president. “I don’t think it’s going to be necessary, because I think the Democrats will come to their senses.”
A recent Morning Consult poll found 55-percent of registered voters felt increased border wall funding was not an issue worth shutting down the government. The same poll also found 47-percent of registered voters felt protections for the Mueller probe were also not important enough to shut down the government.