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GOP Leadership Crumbling On Wall Funding

So much for working around the clock until the Wall is funded. The vote schedule issued by the out-going House Republican leadership shows the House is not expected to resume business until next Wednesday — just two days before a deadline for funding the government.

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Ted Cruz border wallThe border wall funding is at the center of a fight that could shut down parts of the government if Congress doesn't approve a measure to keep it open by Dec. 21.  

President Trump wants the bill to include $5 billion in funding for a security wall on the Mexican border, but Democrats have rejected that amount.

Scott Wong and Niv Elis of The Hill report it's not clear the bill can win a majority of the House with Democrats rejecting it, and it would be dead on arrival in the Senate.  

House GOP leaders this week said they thought they could muscle it through the House after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is expected to be the Speaker in the next Congress, publicly dared Trump to try at a contentious White House meeting this week.

After first saying the votes are there to pass wall funding, support from the House GOP leadership seems to be waning.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on the House floor that he thinks “going into a shutdown is stupid,” but he offered no immediate plan before the Dec. 21 deadline. The House adjourned for six days soon after his remarks.

McCarthy’s comments put him at odds with Trump, who said this week that he would be “proud to shut down the government” in the name of border security observed Matthew Daly of the Associated Press.

“I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down,” President Trump said Tuesday at a contentious White House meeting with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

Daly reported Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, said his party would fight for Trump’s $5 billion request, but he also encouraged bipartisan talks to continue.

“The issue has always been what the Senate can or can’t do, and that’s why the president is involved in the negotiations,” Scalise said.

The good news is that the House Freedom Caucus and its leaders Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan have stepped forward with a plan that will address the border wall funding problem.

The House Freedom Caucus will offer two amendments to the year-end spending bill. First, propose to end the catch and release problem. Second, they propose $5 billion in unrestricted funding for the border wall.

Meadows and Jordan say House Freedom Caucus members will not vote in support of a bill that doesn’t include these provisions.  And they say the president should also use his veto pen to ensure that Congress listens.

Securing the border isn’t going to happen in a Pelosi-run Congress. Republicans still have three weeks.  That’s more than enough time for them to do what they said on building the Wall and securing the border.

Please lend your voice to our “Don’t Waste The Lame Duck, Build The Wall” campaign. Click the link and send a letter to Republicans in Congress demanding that the GOP stand with President Trump and fund the wall on our southern border.

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