The federal government may be partially shut down later this week if President Donald Trump doesn't get the $5 billion he's demanding from Congress for a wall along the southern USA border that he claimed Mexico would pay for.
Trump wants $5 billion, but Democrats are unwilling to agree to that and any spending bill needs bipartisan support to pass Congress, due in part to Senate rules requiring a 60-vote threshold to advance (Republicans control the chamber 51-49). "He is not going to get the wall in any form", he said.
On Monday, Mr Trump took to Twitter to attack Democrats who say "you can have good Boarder [sic] Security without a Wall".
Congress is running up against a Friday deadline to finish funding the government, with several news reports suggesting they may look to a short-term "continuing resolution" that funds the government at current levels to get them past the holidays and into the new year.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump doesn't have the votes for the wall.
At the Department of Homeland Security, the overwhelming majority of border patrol, emergency management and immigration enforcement staff would be able to keep doing their jobs, though with their pay delayed.
"If the Republicans and the Democrats get together, we are going to end up with incredible healthcare, which is the way it should have been from day one", he said.
Barrasso also emphasized there are many different means of securing the border that don't amount to the kind of wall on which Trump has insisted.
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Trump walked back his policy after first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and members of his own party said they disagreed with it. Congressional Democrats have rejected that request, arguing the wall is wasteful and ineffective.
For now, Democrats are waiting for the White House to signal whether it will engage on legislation that would keep programs operating, but without money for Trump's wall.
The consequences of a partial shutdown could ripple broadly across the American economy, although economists caution it would likely have to last more than a few days to really prove a drag on consumer spending.
Asked by interviewer Margaret Brennan whether that meant forcing a partial government shutdown, Miller replied, "If it comes to it, absolutely".
'I will shut down the government.
That can be a scary thing to hear, particularly if you or someone you care about has a pre-existing condition. And a good way to show that you're exhausted of people trying to take away your health care is to go get covered!
He explained that Trump campaigned and won on the promise of securing America's border, which includes more than a physical wall. "But he shouldn't use innocent workers as hostage for his temper tantrum".
"I'm not sure that will sell", said one source. I will take the mantle of shutting down'.
"I'm not going to negotiate the details on air with you right now", he told Brennan.