Democratic leaders urge Trump to drop border wall proposal

Democratic leaders are urging President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 SchumerSaagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? Johnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump 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 ShelbyIn-space refueling vs heavy lift? NASA and SpaceX choose both Budget deal sparks scramble to prevent shutdown Trump border fight throws curveball into shutdown prospects MORE (R-Ala.), referring to the seven spending bills his panel has put together at higher funding levels for next year.