WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate minority leader Charles Schumer warned Republicans on Monday that Democrats will not go along with president Donald Trump’s plans to build a border wall along the U.S. Mexican border, and that Democrats will shut down the government, if necessary, to stop him.
Schumer, an outspoken critic of president Trump, says there is no way Democrats will approve the funding that would be necessary if the verbiage appears in April’s government funding bill.
“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s Administration,” Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team, wrote in a letter circulated Monday (http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/democrats-warn-shutdown-showdown-trumps-mexican-border-wall).
The letter was directed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., but was targeted specifically at Trump.
At issue, say Dems, is that Trump has not unveiled any specifics as to how he plans to get Mexico to pay for the building of the wall, a vow that he campaigned heavily on during his time as the Republican nominee.
Instead of approving funding for the construction of the wall, Schumer’s panel says Democrats say they want all of the 12 remaining spending bills to be completed despite pposition to what they called “noxious policy riders”.
“They should not include poison pill riders such as those that roll back protections for our veterans, environment, consumers, and workers and prohibit funds for critical healthcare services for women through Planned Parenthood,” the Democrats wrote. “We strongly oppose the inclusion of such riders in any of the must-pass appropriations bills that fund the government.”
Calls for comment to the White House have not yet been returned.