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 John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE's proposal for a "prorated" funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. 

A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocratic senators urge Trump administration to request emergency funding for coronavirus response Barr to testify before House Judiciary panel Graham won't call Barr to testify over Roger Stone sentencing recommendation 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 PelosiBloomberg faces criticism for tweet showing altered debate moment Trump knocks Democrats at rally: Bloomberg 'getting pounded' Biden earns endorsement from former House impeachment manager 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.”