The latest effort from President Donald Trump in the White House that has focused on funding for an ambitious border wall would have had only minimal effect on the negotiations, as the proposed proposal that Republicans pushed out as part of his legislative agenda called for a five-year deal on issues such as terrorism and immigration before 2017. Some of his top GOP allies, including House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, are pushing back further, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Trump is expected to say he hopes his administration can finally end the fight or allow President Barack Obama to step in.
According to a senior administration official, “we have asked Congress for a 5 year agreement on border security, and now they have not acted.” It’s no surprise that Republicans had objected a month ago to the President’s plan to spend about $250 billion over the next four years that would fund current and potential border security projects. The White House had offered to release a 15-page document to Republican lawmakers last week that would provide some details on a proposed deal for securing the southern border. Some Republican lawmakers have not yet been able to say whether they believe that plan contains enough detail on a deal to allow for legal access. But Republicans have said their primary goal is securing the southern border . There is significant evidence that the President has spent most of his time building a political base abroad that could be useful to his plan. The official said the White House is seeking to get Democrats’ support to pass an appropriations bill that might include language to fund the wall ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections. But there is no evidence that Republicans in Congress were willing to provide a specific authorization for the wall , which the president has been increasingly pushing for. Most of the House of Representatives does not have a vote on the Wall, but the Senate has. The administration official said that the White House is looking for something in exchange for its support, but that the Senate’s version is open for debate. The White House is reportedly open to a new proposal on the wall. However, it’s unclear whether or not the President has offered a specific provision that includes language to help the southern wall. It remains to be seen what type Congress would call for, but it’s clear that there is a strong sentiment among Republican lawmakers about moving on whether to join the wall. And the White House is also mulling how to best reach out to its liberal base , particularly on immigration issues.
While it’s still unclear what strategy Republicans may follow next to try to secure the southern border , the Trump administration’s latest effort has been remarkably successful. If Trump chooses to push the president over his pledge to dismantle the law that allowed many undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. for permanent residence without a criminal record to get into the country, there is the obvious upside to the proposal that this will allow Republican voters in the southern states to vote for him on his fiscal priorities. The problem for Republicans is that they may not also want to send a clear message to Congress that their Republican colleagues oppose the wall. A lot of the efforts to get Congress to agree on measures to prevent a wall or other border security measure could be lost on Senate Democrats. They may want to remind senators, but they’re also likely the only way that they have control.
The plan to get the Democratic votes to pass the wall on the Senate floor should have included language that allows Democrats to express support for the wall in a way that the president can then unilaterally sign off on, because doing so would help Democrats get legislation on their own. This proposal might not be as appealing, in that it would probably only come out ahead of a vote in the Senate, so it might have failed in both. If a deal were to be hammered out in the Senate but not signed by the president, which would mean it was not possible to override the veto it’s getting, an alternative may be that Democrats could simply sign a bill or push that chamber to block that plan. With Republicans threatening to use an 1858 law to defund Planned Parenthood or force companies to cut medical-drug services for the poor, that would be a nonstarter, perhaps something in the ballpark of “progressive Democrats, not conservatives.” Democrats have already voted twice in favor of a bill to block abortion access while Republicans have vetoed similar approaches to funding. It would take time for the party to show leadership about how to deliver that message.
The Republicans are promising nothing less than that they will continue to push this issue around in a bipartisan way so they can have a majority on a federal level as well. However, they are saying that the White House is prepared to move forward with a 5 year settlement with the Democratic senators that have been stalling. For Trump, that was a win to use the 5 year as an advantage, that he