WORLD Trump threatens gov't shutdown for 'very long time' over border wall

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Trump threatens gov't shutdown for 'very long time' over border wall

Xinhua

06:53, December 22, 2018

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US President Donald Trump (File Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- US President Donald Trump said Friday that parts of the federal government will be shut down for "a very long time" if Senate does not pass spending bill that includes funding for his promised border wall.

"If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time," Trump tweeted Friday morning.

The president also urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to use what is called "Nuclear Option" to lower the upper chamber's threshold for ending debate on legislation from 60 votes to 51.

Republicans currently have a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate.

"Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!" Trump tweeted.

The US House passed a temporary spending bill Thursday with money for Trump's border wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign.

The Republican-led House approved the measure to keep the federal government running into February by a 217-185 vote, largely along party lines.

Senators were told Thursday to prepare for potential votes Friday. The chamber is set to convene at noon.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Thursday that the House bill "clearly will not come close" to getting the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate.

Trump has suggested that he will not endorse any stopgap funding bill unless it contains money for border security.

Without resolution, government funding for various departments expires at midnight Friday.

Meanwhile, three-quarters of government programs are fully funded through next September, including those in the Defense Department, Labor Department and Health and Human Services. Enditem

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