President Trump indicated Wednesday that he won’t seek to shut down the government at the end of the month and would sign the spending bills sent to his desk by Congress. By doing so, he might be giving up his chance of getting the money he wants to build a border wall with Mexico.
Budget Guy Stan Collender writes:
"It’s very likely that the lame duck Congress won’t provide funds for Trump’s wall given that it has repeatedly refused to do so up to now and the retiring and defeated members will be less reliable votes for the White House.
Funding for the wall will be even less likely if the Democratic wave many are expecting in this election actually occurs and is interpreted by Republicans as a rejection of Trump and his policies.
And a Democratic House and/or Senate majority over the next two years is even less likely to fund Trump’s wall that the Republican majorities have been the past two years."