Schumer: House-passed border wall bill dead in the Senate

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer wants investigation into Chinese-designed New York subway cars Getting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (N.Y.) says a House-passed spending bill providing $5.7 billion for a border wall and border security is dead on arrival in the Senate, signaling rising odds of a partial government shutdown.

“The bill that’s on the floor of the House, everyone knows will not pass the Senate,” Schumer said moments before the House voted in support of the measure.

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He accused Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Buzz grows Rep. Amash will challenge Trump as a Libertarian MORE (R-Calif.) of cynically putting the bill on the House floor “knowing it can’t pass the Senate.”

“Everyone knows it can’t pass the Senate. It’s a cynical attempt to just hurt innocent people and do just what President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE wants even though they probably know it’s bad for the country,” Schumer said. 

The Senate is scheduled to convene at noon Friday to consider the House legislation.

He said that once the Senate defeats the House-passed measure on Friday, House Republican leaders should immediately schedule a vote on a clean temporary funding measure, without border wall funding, that passed the upper chamber without opposition on Friday. 

“Leader Pelosi and I and probably Sen. McConnell would hope that the House would then consider passing the bipartisan, unanimously passed bill [sent down by the] Senate," Schumer said, referring to House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems MORE (R-Ky.).

“Whether they’ll do that or not, your guess is as good as mine,” he added. 

Asked about the prospect of Congress overturning a Trump veto of a clean short-term funding measure with money for the border wall, Schumer said that question should be directed to Republican leaders.

Schumer and Pelosi have also offered two alternatives they say can pass both chambers and avoid a partial shutdown: a yearlong stopgap spending measure funding the Department of Homeland Security or a yearlong stopgap that would fund departments and agencies covered by the seven unfinished appropriations bills.

Both proposals would keep funding for border fencing at the same level as Congress appropriated for 2018: $1.3 billion.

“It is a shame that this president, who is plunging the nation into chaos, is throwing another temper tantrum and is going to hurt lots of innocent people,” Schumer said, insisting that Democrats will not budge on border wall funding.

Schumer slammed Trump for flip-flopping on his intention to sign a clean stopgap measure, without border wall funding, that would keep government agencies funded into the new year.

“Unfortunately, President Trump was attacked this morning and last night by the hard right and, fearful, he backed off his commitment to sign this bill. Republican leaders told us yesterday that he was ready to sign the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate unanimously,” he said.

He also accused Trump of "plunging the country into chaos" amidst a turbulent week in politics and in the financial markets.

“Today’s events have made one thing clear: President Trump is plunging the country into chaos,” he said, pointing to the looming shutdown, a precipitous drop in the stock markets and the resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis.