Dec 20, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump wavers on signing spending bill on eve of government shutdown

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President Trump appears to be wavering on signing a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, with the White House saying Thursday that Trump "does not want to go further without border security."

The state of play: House Republican leaders are meeting with Trump at the White House this afternoon. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, are part of that group and have urged Trump not to back down on his demands for wall funding. The Senate passed a bill Wednesday night that did not include the full $5 billion Trump wants for border security.

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