Senate Democrats reject Trump's 'pro-rated' wall funding pitch

Senate Democrats reject Trump's 'pro-rated' wall funding pitch
© Greg Nash

Senate Democrats will not support President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE's proposal for a "prorated" funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. 

A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday Senate Democrats won't support funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall "prorated or otherwise.”

"Sen. Schumer and Senate Democrats have made clear to Leader McConnell and Republicans that they will not support funding for the wall, prorated or otherwise," the spokesman said. 

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Though Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate, they need Democratic support to break a 60-vote filibuster on any potential plan to end the partial government shutdown.

Trump floated the idea on Thursday after the Senate rejected two bills to fully reopen the government, a quarter of which has been closed since Dec. 22. The first measure blocked by the Senate would have provided $5.7 billion for the wall. The second measure would have temporarily reopened the government through Feb. 8, but did not provide additional wall funding. 

Trump told reporters at the White House he would consider legislation with a “prorated down payment for the wall” but did not specify a dollar amount.

“If they come to a reasonable agreement I would support it, yes,” Trump said when asked about talks between Schumer and McConnell, who met earlier at the U.S. Capitol. 

The fight over the U.S.-Mexico border wall is at the center of the shutdown fight. The Senate passed a short-term bill that Trump opposed because it did not have additional wall money.

Trump has demanded $5.7 billion for the wall. Democrats offered funding for fencing as recently as last month, but they’ve been largely unified on not approving the “wall,” which was a key campaign promise for Trump in 2016.

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Schumer's rejected of doing "prorated" wall funding comes after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' MORE (D-Calif.) shot down the idea of making a "down payment" on the border wall. 

Pelosi told reporters that Trump's proposal is "not a reasonable" one. 

“The president just said that if they come to a reasonable agreement he will support it,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill shortly after Trump spoke. “I hope it doesn't mean some big down payment for the wall.”