White House issues veto threat on standalone spending bills to reopen parts of federal government

The White House on Wednesday made official its opposition to House Democrats' bills that would reopen parts of the federal government, stating that the president will not sign any legislation to end the government shutdown that does not provide for President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE's border wall demands.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the Trump administration called the House bills "unacceptable" due to Democrats' unwillingness to provide $5.7 billion for construction of a border wall.


"Moving these four bills without a broader agreement to address the border crisis is unacceptable," the White House said.

"The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress to enact appropriations legislation that adequately addresses the security and humanitarian crisis on our Southwest border and gets the entire Federal Government back to work for the American people as soon as possible," the statement continued.

Elsewhere in the release, the White House stated firmly that an appropriations bill would have to fully fund the government as well as the president's demand for the border wall in order to be considered for Trump's signature.

"The Administration is committed to working with the Congress to reopen agencies affected by lapsed appropriations, but any effort to do so must address the security and humanitarian crisis on our Southwest border and should restore funding for all agencies affected by the lapse," the statement reads.

Democrats are set this week to hold votes on four House bills aimed at funding various parts of the federal government in an attempt to raise pressure on the GOP-held Senate to take them up, despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —Biden unveils health care plan | Proposal pitches subsidies, public option | Biden vows if you like your health insurance, 'you can keep it' | Sanders protests planned Philadelphia hospital closure MORE's (R-Ky.) pledge to not vote on bills that did not have the White House's approval.

McConnell has accused Democrats in the Senate of holding up the chamber's business over the shutdown fight, which dragged on into its 19th day on Wednesday.

“They’ve put that partisan tantrum ahead of keeping a quarter of the government open and now they’re saying their partisan tantrum is more urgent than pressing legislation that concerns our alliances with Israel and the Syrian civil war,” he said this week.

Trump and congressional leaders held their latest meeting on seeking a way past the shutdown impasse on Wednesday, but both sides emerged saying no progress had been made. 

"The president stomped out of the meeting when he said to me, 'Will you support a wall?' And I said no," Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) said. "Now they're trying to mischaracterize what he actually said. But that's par for the course with going to the White House."

"You cannot come to a conclusion if the president of the United States says 'my way or the highway, there's nothing to negotiate, either agree with me or it's over.' "