Just when it looked like President Trump might cave in to Democratic opposition to his signature issue of a building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, he has taken a principled stand and is holding firm on his demand for about $5 billion in wall funding from Congress.As a result, the partial federal government shutdown that began Saturday morning will continue for at least several days, because the Senate has adjourned until Thursday for the Christmas holiday.Republican members of Congress have promised in the past to fight for the border wall – a commonsense position, because the wall will unquestionably make it harder for illegal immigrants and criminals to enter the U.S. But in the face of strong Democratic opposition, congressional Republicans have failed to deliver.
President Trump’s determination to keep his campaign promise to build a wall in the interests of America’s national security stiffened the resolve of Republicans in the House of Representatives.The GOP has only days left as the majority party in control of the House. Democrats will become the majority party Jan. 3, as a result of their victories in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The new Democratic majority is determined to frustrate the will of the president and the American voters who elected him, and so will fight to block funding for a border wall.Despite the claim by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California in an Oval Office meeting that the president didn’t have the votes to approve wall funding in the House even while it remains under Republican control, that body passed a budget with $5.7 billion for the wall by a decisive 217-185 vote Thursday.Democrats in the Senate threatened a filibuster to prevent a vote on the bill funding a portion of government. They effectively shut part of the government by not allowing the revised federal budget legislation passed by the House to reach Trump’s desk.