WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says it’s good news that President Donald Trump has apparently retreated from his demand that Congress pay for a border wall with Mexico.
Schumer said Wednesday that Democrats prefer to find a way to fund all government agencies through Sept. 30, but will support a plan by Senate Republicans for a stopgap measure to continue funding the government until Feb. 8. The plan averts a partial shutdown that could begin at midnight Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on the bill Wednesday. He calls it “a simple measure” to show Republicans are governing.
Schumer called shutting down the government over Christmas “a terrible idea, one of the worst to come down the pike in a very long time.”