Trump reportedly says government shutdown might be good for him

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. joined by House Armed Services Committee members and Chairman Mac Thornberry R-Texas right as Ryan puts his signature on the Defense spending bill before it goes to the president on Capitol Hill in Washington T

U.S. President Donald Trump's push for a major military buildup suffered a setback on Thursday when the House of Representatives put plans on hold to fully fund the federal government through next September 30 and instead resorted to temporary measures freezing spending at current levels. Two of those people, according to the Post, said he has told advisors that it is important that he appears tough on immigration and pushes for getting funding for building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. "That's why we invited [Democrats] over to have a conversation about a deal", White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told reporters late Thursday, the Post reported.

"He's not advocating for a shutdown in any way".

With a December 8 deadline rapidly approaching for either extending federal funding in some way or triggering a partial government shutdown, the House next week will advance a temporary patch, according to a senior aide, and try to provide money through December 22. Schumer and Pelosi going on national TV to announce "We want a government shutdown" might not even get it done. We want to make sure our priorities are funded.

Congress has to pass a new spending bill by December 8 and avoid a government shutdown.

Up against a December 8 spending deadline, House Republican leaders are likely to introduce a measure that would extend current funding until December 22, said the aides, who were granted anonymity to describe private deliberations.

The House aide, who asked not to be identified, said a second temporary funding bill to fund the government from December 22 to January 31 would likely be sought later next month. This plan would require House lawmakers to stick around Washington past their original departure date.

The moves by the Republican-controlled House underscore its inability so far to reach a deal with the Senate and with Democrats on top-line budget numbers for the full fiscal 2018 year. House Republicans plan to gather Friday morning in the Capitol to discuss the matter, and leaders will begin assessing potential support.

Earlier this year, the president said that a "good shutdown" might be needed in the fall.

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