Democratic leaders urge Trump to drop border wall proposal

Democratic leaders are urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump Jr.: Obama, Bush 'couldn't have done' what my father's done for the American people Barr faces political storm over Mueller report The Memo: Mueller findings boost Trump 2020 hopes MORE to drop his proposal to spend $5 billion on a border wall and avoid a partial government shutdown, saying the proposal does not have enough votes to pass Congress

“This holiday season, the president knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate, and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fight After Mueller, Democrats need to avoid the Javert trap More than a half-million web articles published on Russia, Trump, Mueller since investigation began: analysis MORE (Calif.) said in a joint statement issued before their meeting with the president scheduled for 11:30 am Tuesday. 

The leaders said Republicans, not Democrats, would get the blame for the shutdown because Trump is pushing the border wall proposal, which is well in excess of the $1.6 billion Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to earlier this year. 

“Republicans still control the House, the Senate, and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open.  Our country cannot afford a Trump Shutdown, especially at this time of economic uncertainty,” they said.   

Pelosi and Schumer will urge Trump to accept a year-long stopgap funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security or a long-term stopgap measure for the remaining seven unfinished appropriations bills, according to a senior Democratic aide. 

A yearlong stopgap, also known as a continuing resolution, would provide $1.3 billion for border fencing and barriers, the same amount that Congress appropriated for fiscal year 2018. 

Republican leaders predict that Trump will reject that offer. 

“I’d rather pass all seven,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyThis week: Congress set for next stage of Mueller probe fight Five takeaways from Trump's budget Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Trump unveils 2020 budget | Calls for cuts to NIH | Proposes user fees on e-cigs | Azar heads to Capitol to defend blueprint | Key drug price bill gets hearing this week MORE (R-Ala.), referring to the seven spending bills his panel has put together at higher funding levels for next year.