The clash between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is far from over as the two could not be more opposed when it comes to border security.
President Trump forced a federal government shutdown for 35 days as Congress repeatedly refused to send him a bill which included $5.7 billion for the construction of a new border wall. He eventually reopened the government with a temporary funding measure to pay federal workers and as a goodwill gesture to Democrats.
Lawmakers on the Left repeatedly said if Trump would reopen the federal government, then they would be open to having a real debate on border security.
So the government reopened, the debate is on, but Speaker Pelosi is still unmovable.
As ABC News reports, Pelosi said she will allow any bipartisan border security bill to go to the floor for a vote with one major caveat: the bill cannot include any money for the border wall.
From the report:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will “of course” allow a floor vote on any bipartisan border security proposal crafted by congressional negotiators, but she drew a red line, insisting “there’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation.”
Pelosi’s declaration from Capitol Hill reverberated down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, prompting President Donald Trump to shoot back at Pelosi’s insistence that Congress will not fund the border wall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells @jparkABC she will “of course” allow a floor vote on any bipartisan border security proposal crafted by appropriators, but draws a red line, insisting "there's not going to be any wall money in the legislation" https://t.co/kYSkRGRxQ5 pic.twitter.com/oM07cI4GBT
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 31, 2019
The bill that President Trump previously signed into law will keep the government funded until February 15, at which time, unless he signs into law another bill, the government will close. The president has repeatedly said he would not sign a bill into law which does not include money for the border wall.
Trump has repeatedly touted the wall on Twitter:
Responding to Pelosi, Trump said: “If there’s no wall, it doesn’t work.”
“She’s just playing games,” he added per ABC News.
Trump then predicted: “I don’t think they’re going to make a deal. I see what’s happening. They’re all saying, let’s do this, but we’re not giving one dime for the wall. That’s okay. But if they’re not going to give money for the wall, it’s not going to work. And if it’s not going to work, the politicians are really wasting their time.”
Here’s more on the border security debate, from the report:
Trump openly contemplated removing the border wall near Tijuana to show Californians like Pelosi how integral a barrier is to controlling the flow of immigrants into the United States.
“If you take down that wall you’ll have so many people coming into our country that Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall,” Trump predicted. “She’ll be begging for a wall. She will say ‘Please, please, Mr. President, give us a wall.'”
Pelosi said that congressional negotiators should be free to reach a “consensus of their own devices” — but expressed confidence that Democrats won’t allow the talks to produce an agreement that provides any funding to construct physical barriers along the border.
“Let them work their will,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “They know their brief, they know their limitations in terms of financial resources and they have to choose the best way to use the money for the American people so that’s why I have confidence in what they can do.”
During the interview at the Capitol, Pelosi said Democrat lawmakers were negotiating with Republicans on matters of “infrastructure” and “technology” and clarified they were not at all talking about the construction of a border wall.