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Government shutdown: Border wall money out, Obamacare fight on

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"I was just with him a little while ago, and he said we definitely, desperately need the wall".

Videgaray repeated in a meeting with legislators that Mexico "won't pay a cent" for the wall.

Mr Trump had proposed $1.5bn (£1.2bn) for his wall through Congress as part of the spending bill, which funds federal agencies to the end of the current fiscal year.

The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's priorities "have not changed" as far as building a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border is concerned. "And I think the sooner, the better the president realizes that there's no appetite, not only from Democrats, but for Republicans along the border as well, to not want to see that wall ever built".

The biggest remaining obstacle to a deal was the Democrats' demand that the spending package include Obamacare payments to insurers.

Another potential stumbling block involved a recent threat by Trump to scuttle a portion of former President Barack Obama's health law that helps low-income people afford insurance policies.

But then the president and some of his top lieutenants began to demand that any proposal include more than $1 billion to begin construction of the wall, a top Trump campaign promise in 2016.

If there is a shutdown, it will coincide with the end of President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

With jitters rippling through Washington, Trump apparently agreed to soften his demand days before the deadline.

By Tuesday, the administration was acknowledging Trump's plan could be pushed back. "Poison pill riders are something that could really hurt the bill, and we don't want that to happen". In other words, Republicans are motivated to make a deal. However, while Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the wall, their immediate refusal has forced the administration to look for other ways to fund it.

"We're not opposed to border security", Schumer said.

Meantime, President Trump is asking for money to fix and replace some existing border fence and build a few new sections, according to Fox News.

Separately, the White House and congressional Republicans are gauging whether a plan to revise the GOP's stalled health care bill would garner enough converts to rekindle hopes for House passage of the legislation.

That is not what the liberals are telling you, is it?

He said the wall is going to get built, and his administration is setting record numbers in terms of stopping people and drugs from coming in the U.S. which has gone down by 73-74 per cent. However, Trump has insisted on Twitter the wall will be built. Democrats quickly declared that would be a deal-breaker.

Lawmakers have warned that a stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, may be needed to give Congress breathing room to finalize the spending details.

Club for Growth, a D.C. -based conservative advocacy group that also pressured Republicans to reject Obamacare spending in 2013, is focused on health care and a tax overhaul and "seeing progress continued on both of those fronts", said Doug Sachtleben, a spokesman for the group.

It was the centrepiece of the Trump election campaign.

An announcement on such reforms is due Wednesday.

But we know that drug traffickers always find a way, as long as USA demand for the stuff is high.

Mulvaney told CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday that Democrats had made their request on Obamacare subsidies too late in the negotiating process. But its inclusion in a piece of must-pass legislation could shatter support for the underlying funding bill with virtually every Democrat, and puts the president at odds with most of his own party.

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