WASHINGTON (WAVY) — The federal government could partially shutdown if lawmakers don’t reach a budget deal in the next eight days.
Democrats and Republicans are split on funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump has said he won’t approve any deal unless lawmakers allocate $5 billion dollars for the project.
Congress has until Dec. 21 to approve budgets for several different agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
According to Military.com, the Department of Defense is funded — which would mean thousands of military personnel in Hampton Roads will not be impacted.
This could change if negotiations between Democrats and Republicans continue to deteriorate.
“We’ve made it crystal clear Democrats are for keeping the government open. We have no demands beyond that. Only the President does,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), said this week. “So if President Trump wants to continue his temper tantrum ahead of the holidays and cause a shutdown, it is now so clear it’s solely on his back. We hope the president chooses one of the reasonable options we gave him yesterday and we hope the country can avoid a Trump shutdown.”
Sen. John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) says he believes the shutdown will happen ahead of the holidays.
“As far as I’m concerned, if we shut down, it is a hex on all of our houses. I think people are too preoccupied with the politics of it. We ought to try to figure a way out of this,” said Kennedy.
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