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

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  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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“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 TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote 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 PelosiOn The Money: Businesses, wealthy brace for Biden tax hikes | Dow falls more than 650 points as COVID-19 cases rise, stimulus hopes fade | Kudlow doesn't expect Trump to release detailed economic plan before election Overnight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Gaffes put spotlight on Meadows at tough time for Trump MORE (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote Democrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg 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.