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Schumer: House Spending Bill Dead on Arrival in Senate

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By    |   Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:37 PM

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said a House-passed spending bill providing $5.7 billion for a border wall is dead-on-arrival in the Senate, The Hill reported.

The comment Thursday appeared to raise the odds of a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday, the news outlet noted.

Schumer accused House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., of "cynically" putting the bill on the House floor "knowing it can't pass the Senate."

"Everyone knows it can't pass the Senate," Schumer said, The Hill reported. "It's a cynical attempt to just hurt innocent people and do just what President Trump wants, even though they probably know it's bad for the country."

The Senate is scheduled to convene at noon Friday to consider the House legislation.

Schumer urged, once the Senate defeats the House-passed measure, House Republican leaders should immediately schedule a vote on a temporary funding measure — without border wall funding —that passed the Senate without opposition.

"Leader Pelosi and I and probably Sen. McConnell would hope that the House would then consider passing the bipartisan, unanimously passed bill [sent down by] Senate," Schumer said, referring to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"Whether they'll do that or not, your guess is as good as mine," he added. 

"It is a shame that this president, who is plunging the nation into chaos, is throwing another temper tantrum and is going to hurt lots of innocent people," Schumer said.

He also blasted Trump for flip-flopping on his intention to sign a clean stopgap measure, without border wall funding, that would keep government agencies funded into the new year.

"Unfortunately, President Trump was attacked this morning and last night by the hard right and, fearful, he backed off his commitment to sign this bill," Schumer said, per The Hill. "Republican leaders told us [Wednesday] that he was ready to sign the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate unanimously."

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A House-passed spending bill providing $5.7 billion for a border wall is dead-on-arrival in the Senate, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., told The Hill.
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