Battle for the border wall

2 NEWS Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (WDTN) – The White House is calling on Congress to spend five billion dollars on a border wall.

The President says unless Congress coughs up the dough, another government shutdown may be inevitable.

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans are running out of time to deliver on one of President Trump’s biggest promises.

“We have an opportunity to get a few more things done,” he says. “We want to secure our border.”

Ryan says he supports the President’s demand for five billion dollars to begin building a border wall.

The President says unless he gets the money, he may support a government shutdown next week.

But so far, Democrats are showing no signs of giving in.

Ohio Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan says, “The President promised the American people that if he built a wall, it was going to be paid for by Mexico. Now he’s going back on that promise.”

Congress has already passed five of 12 spending bills for next year, meaning that if there is a shutdown, it would only affect parts of the government and many essential services would remain up and running.

Senate Democrats say they are willing to spend 1.6 billion dollars on border security, but the money should not go to building a wall.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says that is not enough.

“Securing the border is going to be a bottom-line for the President,” he says.

Political expert Gary Nordlinger says a shutdown is not a sure bet, saying, “If they end up with a government shutdown, that doesn’t benefit anybody.”

And in the end, the odds are on a compromise that will keep the government running.

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