The promised border Wall that was the centerpiece of Trump’s election campaign and the reason many people voted for him, looks like being put on the back burner. This is because House and Senate Republicans want to leave the financing needed for the wall off the bill (FY17) that agrees Government spending for the year.
The details of FY17 are now being hammered out in various House and Senate committees. Final agreement must be reached before an April 28th deadline to prevent a partial shutdown of government departments. But some Republicans think that including “supplemental” spending for the Wall in the bill will cause opposition and delays that could make it hard to meet the deadline.
On Tuesday (28th March) Republican Senator Roy Blunt, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and his party’s leadership, said cash for the Wall “would” be left out of the bill, something that seems to be in direct opposition to the wishes of the President.
“All of the committees, House and Senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalise the rest of the FY17 bill,” Blunt said. “My guess is that comes together better without the supplemental [spending for the wall]."
He added that the funding for the wall could be dealt with "at a later time,” but did not specify when.
What we are seeing here is the early pattern of the Trump presidency – namley strongly united Democrats, spurred on by a heavily politicized media and judiciary, facing down flaky and divided Republicans, who are ready to junk the political agenda Trump was elected on at the first sign of opposition.