Democratic leaders urge Trump to drop border wall proposal

Democratic leaders are urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing 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 SchumerCongress: Americans in Puerto Rico still need our help Airbnb is doing the Democrats' dirty work Protecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiBudowsky: Pelosi can break shutdown stalemate GOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight Poll shows 25 percent view McConnell favorably, lowest among leaders in survey 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 ShelbyThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s new immigration plan faces uphill battle in Senate Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Bipartisan group of senators will urge Trump to reopen government for 3 weeks MORE (R-Ala.), referring to the seven spending bills his panel has put together at higher funding levels for next year.