After backing off threats to shut down the government, the Senate passed a funding measure but Trump changed his mind again: Trump Won’t Sign Short-Term Spending Bill Passed by Senate as Shutdown Looms

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump had indicated that he wanted to avoid a shutdown, even if Congress didn’t meet his demand for wall funding.

Later on Thursday, Mr. Trump appeared to offer Congress what he described as “a little bit of an out,” suggesting he would settle for “steel slats.” He added, “Any measure that funds the government must include border security.”

If a bill with border-wall funds passes the House, it will likely be blocked in the Senate. There, spending bills need 60 votes to clear procedural hurdles, but Republicans hold only 51 seats. Many senators have also left town after the chamber passed the short-term spending bill Wednesday night, and President Trump is set to depart for Florida on Friday.

Safety First

"Can't Make This Stuff Up"

Please note that the GOP is in Disbelief.

GOP senators emerged from the closed-door meeting in visible disbelief that President Trump is refusing to sign a seven-week stopgap measure to fund the government that cleared the chamber by a voice vote less than 24 hours ago.

“Are you ruining my life?” GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) joked to The Hill when told about the decision.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned earlier Thursday that Democrats wouldn't budge on the border over a “temper tantrum.”

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who is retiring in early January, started laughing when he was told of Trump's decision. Asked if he thought the continuing resolution (CR) could still be signed, Corker added that it's impossible to predict what Trump will do.

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"I don't know. ... Who knows? Does the person sitting behind him at the White House know? Who would know? Who would know?," Corker said. "I love it, you can't make this stuff up."

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Obvious lies aside, rest assured it would be a "beautiful wall", much prettier than barbed wire.

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OK, the wall be beautiful, I get that. However, I might think otherwise if the government seized my land to build it.

It appears we have under-reported news of perfect security.

But if we have perfect security already, do we need a wall? Sorry, just asking.

My big concern is government property seizures to build the wall. More on this point in a bit.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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