WASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday seemed to inch out of a partial government closure over financing for a southerly border wall structure, press executive secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that there are literally “other ways” to get the $5 billion dollars in backing that US President Donald Trump is asking for.
This was an early indication of a prospective White House counteroffer since the time clock beats down into Friday’s target date.
” At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government,” Sanders said to Fox TV news. “We want to shut down the border from illegal immigration.”
Trump’s $5 billion dollars is without a doubt a lot more than the $1.3 billion dollars Democrats offered, that is not actually for Trump’s Mexican wall, but for “security fencing and various other safety strategies”.
Sanders pointed to one particular bill, likely describing the Senate’s bipartisan allotment procedure for the Dept of Homeland Security, that supplies $26 billion dollars, consisting of $1.6 billion dollars for security fencing and additional barricades.
This was authorized through the board back in the summertime with a bipartisan vote.
” That’s something that we would be able to support,” she explained, provided that it’s combined with additional financings, like making use of defense cash for border safety.
What other money might be utilized to please the commander in chief’s demand continues to be uncertain.
Asked about making use of armed forces cash, Sanders stated, “There’s certainly a number of different funding sources that we’ve identified that we can use that we can couple with the money that would be given through Congressional appropriations that would help us get to that $5 billion that the president needs in order to protect our borders.”
The battle over Trump’s wall has taken Congress to a familiar Mexican standoff just days prior to Xmas.
The US President is still demanding $5 billion dollars for the Mexican wall, however, he doesn’t have the votes yet from Republican-led Congress.