You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

McConnell vows Senate will block House funding bill that excludes wall money

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/3/2019 Susan Ferrechio

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is surrounded by reporters as he returns from meeting with President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders at the White House, to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 2, 2019.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst © Reuters U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is surrounded by reporters as he returns from meeting with President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders at the White House, to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday said he’ll reject legislation proposed by House Democrats to fund nine partially closed government departments without money included for a border wall.

“The legislation that the House Democrats are reportedly planning to introduce and vote on tomorrow will not be a serious contribution to the negotiations that are ongoing between the administration and the incoming Democratic majority in the House,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday. “It isn’t comprehensive, it ignores the needs of border security, it’s exactly the kind of proposal you’d expect if the incoming House Democrats are choosing to stage a political sideshow rather than doing the hard work of helping govern the country. In other words, a total nonstarter.”

McConnell met with incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the White House with President Trump Wednesday but leaders emerged without a deal to pass funding for about 25 percent of the federal government.

The 116th Congress convenes at noon on Thursday.

The Senate will remain under the control of the GOP but the House will flip to a Democratic majority for the first time since 2010.

Pelosi, who is expected to be elected speaker, will bring up two bills for a vote that would fund eight of the nine agencies for the rest of the fiscal year and would fund the Homeland Security Department until Feb. 8.

Democrats argued this would provide additional time for Trump and Congress to negotiate a deal on border security, which is handled by the Homeland Security Department.

Trump won’t support the idea and wants wall funding secured before any of the lapsed funding is restored.

Pelosi, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., refused to listen to a presentation by the administration on the border wall and why they believe it is necessary.

Republicans, meanwhile, told Democrats they won’t back their funding legislation because it does not include money for the wall.

“I made it clear to the speaker we’re not interested in having show votes here in the Senate,” McConnell said Wednesday. “We are interested in bringing up something that the House has passed, the Senate will support and the president will sign.”

Pelosi, leaving the White House meeting, told reporters the proposal put forward by Democrats has been backed by Senate Republicans, either in a floor vote or in Committee. Pelosi called the bill “a Republican path” to re-open the government.

But Republican support of those funding measures came prior to the demand by Trump to include robust wall funding and the House passage in December of a bill that would provide $5.7 billion for border security, including a wall.

Democrats insist there should be no wall funding.

McConnell said Thursday’s House votes will provide “an early signal” as to whether Democrats will engage in “partisan show votes that will do nothing to move the country in a forward direction.”

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Washington Examiner

Washington Examiner
Washington Examiner
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon