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The U.S. Congress on Thursday steered toward preventing a partial federal shutdown as leaders hoped for final passage of a temporary government funding bill that still leaves President Donald Trump without money for his promised border wall.

"I'm sorry that my Democratic colleagues couldn't put the partisanship aside and show the same good-faith flexibility that the president has shown in order to provide the resources our nation needs to secure the integrity of our borders as well as the safety of American families", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on December 19 after Democrats turned down the initial proposal.

Ryan said House Republicans will try to craft a version of the bill to include money for border security to avert a shutdown at midnight on Friday.

And conservatives have always been concerned that Trump would strike a deal to provide legalization in order to claim victory check off his signature campaign promise.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed optimism about reaching a new compromise before lawmakers leave Washington for the holidays. He warned it will be tougher to win the money next year when Democrats control the House.

USA senators passed the measure, which would keep the government running until February 8, by voice vote without a roll call.

Trump, who accused Democrats of playing politics on the issue, has said he sees the border wall as a winning issue for his 2020 re-election campaign. Trump also tried to defend his efforts on the border, arguing that "people are losing sight of the great job being done on our Southern Border by Border Patrol, ICE and our great Military".

Trump supporters sought to remind him of that as they pushed him to veto the short-term plan.

Susan Collins of ME heard that Trump was refusing to sign a Senate bill that lacked funding for a border wall, she "almost dropped her handbag".

A partial shutdown would hit agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, Justice and Interior.

It wasn't immediately clear what Ryan would be able to put together to get a majority in the House, as Republicans have been short on votes for border wall money in both the House and Senate. The senator's office pointed us to a Trump tweet from the election when then-candidate Trump scolded his opponent Jeb Bush for conflating the two.

As House Republicans struggled to find the votes to pass the Senate bill, Trump started blaming Republican Party leaders for failing to deliver on the US$5 billion he had demanded for the wall.

The measure doesn't include the money Trump has demanded for his long-promised "big, beautiful" border wall with Mexico. Instead, it funds border security and other agencies at current levels through February 8.

Trump told the crowd, which included the bipartisan group of lawmakers who spearheaded the farm bill, that securing the nation's borders was his "solemn promise" and that illegal immigration reportedly costs $275 billion per year.

"No, he won't have 60 votes over here", said Sen. The White House last month proudly sent out photos of said steel slats, calling it a wall.

"This is a missed opportunity to pass full-year funding bills now", she said.

Let's be clear about a key point - Chuck Schumer and his Senate Democrat allies don't oppose funding construction of a border wall.

Questioning White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade said the president has "no leverage", while co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked why Trump was "softening" his position.


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