Trump keeps up pressure on Dems over border wall

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A December 7 partial government shutdown had appeared possible, but Trump told reporters on Air Force One Saturday he would be willing to sign a two-week government funding extension to allow for ceremonies honoring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.

The president and first lady made a trip to the U.S. Capitol Monday night to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush, who is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda ahead of the state funeral Wednesday. And even some Republicans balk at spending more than the $1.6 billion for fencing and other security improvements already provided.

A person close to funeral planning told the Post that while the family had pure motives in inviting the Trumps, they also wanted to ensure the funeral was carried out according to the family's wishes, including the use of Air Force One to carry his remains to and back from Washington, D.C.

Trump had been expected to meet Tuesday with the two top Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY - to discuss how to resolve the remaining sticking points on appropriations, according to sources familiar with the talks.

Trump kept up pressure Monday on congressional Democrats funding for his promised border wall, but he also threatened other actions to deter illegal immigration as negotiations continue.

President Trump writes in his tweet, complimenting the official proceedings which have been closely planned between the Bush team and Trump White House.

While Democrats prefer a one-week extension, they likely would not object to a two-week delay, a Democratic aide said Monday.

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The House and Senate are expected to approve the new deadline at some point this week.

"The $1.6 billion ... the language is broader than just a wall, so I think that that could probably be agreed upon, which was a figure in the Senate bill", Hoyer said.

While Trump has pushed Democrats to build the wall, Schumer and Pelosi face growing pressure from the party's liberal wing to block it.

McConnell told reporters over the weekend that it's up to Trump "to do a deal with the Democrats".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that they could support up to $1.6 billion in border security, not border wall funding, "that was included in a bipartisan Senate bill". Federal funding for those is set to expire at midnight on Friday.

Without action by Congress, federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would find themselves without any money to pay employees and administer programs through the fiscal year that ends next September 30.

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