Pelosi: I don’t see any Dems voting for wall funding

Pelosi: I don’t see any Dems voting for wall funding
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week MORE (D-Calif.) said she doesn't expect any Democrats to vote to fund President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE's border wall as part of a government-funding bill in December.

“I don’t see any of us voting for wall funding. … We have a responsibility to secure our borders. There are ways to do that that are consistent with civilization, humanitarianism and who we are as a nation. We have to remove all doubt about that,” Pelosi told Politico in an interview.

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Congress faces a Dec. 7 deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security and a handful of other government agencies. Because Homeland Security oversees the border, funding for the wall would be a part of that bill and could become a fight after the midterm elections

Without a deal to fund the parts of the government that do not have appropriations past Dec. 7, there would be a partial government shutdown. 

A border wall has been a main platform of Trump’s political career since he announced his candidacy for president in 2015.

Lawmakers set aside about $1.6 billion this year for physical barriers and related technology for the border wall, yet Trump has complained about the amount being too low at campaign events across the country. 

The president earlier this year threatened to shut down the government if funding for a border wall wasn’t included in Congress’s budget, but agreed to hold off on that fight until after November’s midterm elections to prevent a shutdown from hurting Republican congressional candidates. 

Congressional leaders also worked to sidestep the president by approving a series of appropriation measures for the next fiscal year in September. Congress has funded the Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services, to list just two examples, through the fiscal year ending in September 2019.

Democrats would have more leverage with Trump in a spending fight if they retake the House, though the new majority would not be seated until January.

FiveThirtyEight’s House forecast gives the Democrats a roughly 85 percent chance of winning control of the House in November's midterm elections.