Chuck Schumer: 'Stunt' on border wall funding puts appropriations process in 'jeopardy'
Added 09-18-19 12:22:07pm EST - “Ahead of a test vote in the Senate on a package of House-passed spending bills, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Republicans' insistence on steering more funding toward President Trump's desired U.S.-Mexico border wall in next…” - Washingtontimes.com
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Ahead of a test vote in the Senate on a package of House-passed spending bills, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Republicans’ insistence on steering more funding toward President Trump’s desired U.S.-Mexico border wall in next year’s spending legislation was putting the entire process in jeopardy.
“This ruse, this stunt … puts the entire appropriations process in jeopardy,” the New York Democrat said in a speech on the chamber floor.
“Somehow in the wake of all this, the Republican leader has been accusing Democrats of threatening to block military funding. Now that is an absurd statement if there ever was one,” he said.
The Senate is set on Wednesday to hold a procedural vote — which is expected to fail — on a four-bill package that would fund programs in defense, labor, health, education, energy and water, and foreign operations.
Lawmakers are facing an end-of-month deadline to pass new spending legislation or risk another government shutdown, and are likely to opt for a separate shorter-term stopgap bill and delay a bigger fight over the wall.
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