GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ALREADY TURNING INTO NEXT POLITICAL SHOWDOWN - November 8, 2017
Trump Ramps Up Shutdown Odds by Reiterating Demands for Wall Funding
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
President Trump this week has doubled down on his demand that Congress provide initial funding for his administration to begin construction on a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, reestablishing the battle lines upon which the upcoming government shutdown fight will be waged.
Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders on Monday requesting a budget amendment for an additional $5.9 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal 2018. The letter also reiterated the presidentís call for $1.6 billion for the border wall, something Democrats have repeatedly called a non-starter. Federal agencies are currently operating under a continuing resolution that did not include any spending for wall construction. The stopgap measure is set to expire Dec. 8.