President Trump and Congress are on a collision course over government funding this week, five days away from a potential government shutdown, The White House is demanding money for a border wall with Mexico and Democrats vow it will never see a penny, reports Politico. Trump appears headed for disappointment. Democrats are unlikely to cave, and Republicans are pressing the administration to fight another day. Even Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the former Homeland Security Committee chairman who wrote the 2006 law authorizing the wall’s construction, said the White House should push for it later in the year.
The face-off comes as lawmakers return to Washington after a two-week recess. Government funding expires Friday, leaving Congress little time to strike a deal. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says, “The president has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for the border wall. He’ll do the right thing for sure, but I would expect he’ll be insistent on the funding.” Democrats scoffed. “The Democrats do not support the wall,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “The burden to keep it open is on the Republicans. The wall is, in my view, immoral, expensive, unwise.”