“The White House sought Monday to calm a jittery Washington ahead of a showdown with Congress over spending, and President Trump softened his demand that a deal to keep the federal government open include money to begin construction on his long-promised border wall,” The Washington Post reports.
“If the government shuts down, [Republican lawmakers] fear, voters could blame the GOP for failing to govern, and the party could suffer the consequences in the 2018 midterm elections.”
“Democrats want assurances that insurance subsidies through the Affordable Care Act will continue to be funded…Sunday morning, congressional Democrats submitted to Republicans a compromise spending plan, which included some new money for border security but only if it did not go toward a wall.”
“There will never be a 2,200-mile wall built, period,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.).
“A government shutdown has never occurred when a single political party has controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress.”