One more Trump campaign promise is getting shuffled to the back burner.
At a leadership press conference, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee announced that Trump’s funding request is being put off until the end of the year.
He said the Senate and House leadership are very close to negotiating a bill to fund government for the rest of 2017.
Adding a supplemental spending bill requested by Trump to pay for military activities and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would complicate the talks and should be dealt with at a later date, Blunt added.
“We have the FY17 defense bill,” Blunt said, noting it is the top priority of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and could be used as a vehicle to pass bills funding other federal departments.
“All of the committees, House and Senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the FY17 bill,” he added. “My guess is that comes together better without the supplemental.”
That’s ok. Mexico is going to pay for the wall.
Wait… They aren’t?
Funding for the government is due to expire on April 28 and adding wall funding as part of the budget could complicate things.
Blunt has said that they could revisit funding for the wall at a later date, but he didn’t give any idea how late “later” would be.