Trump Signals He May Shut Gov’t Down Over Border Wall — Key GOP Senator Indicates She Won’t Support That

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) reportedly admonished President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans from following through on a threat to shut down the government over funding for a southern border wall.

“Government shutdowns are never a good idea,” she said, according to mainepublic.org on Monday. She also said that while the budget could fund additional security, the government was simply unable to build the wall along certain parts of the border.

A government shutdown became more likely as several political pressures converged at the end of the year.

With the approaching migrant caravan, Trump had additional leverage in pushing for a border wall before Democrats took the House next year and opposed any funding request he might submit.

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Congress has until Dec. 7 to decide how to fund the federal government through the current budget year.

Although midterms offered Republicans a more comfortable majority in the Senate for next year, the current chamber continued facing a slim majority often endangered by moderates like Collins.

While it’s unclear how Collins’ Republican colleagues will vote, Trump has made the migrant crisis a major issue and indicated he might veto a spending package that excluded funding for a wall.

“I’ll have to see how it plays out. But I may very well be willing to shut down the government,” he said in an interview earlier this month. “I think it’s horrible what’s happening and, you know, building the wall, it’s in smaller stages, we can build it very quickly.”

But for Collins, a shutdown represented “the ultimate in failure to govern effectively and responsibly.” Her Senate colleague, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), similarly suggested that a shutdown was inappropriate.

“There is no reason to do it,” he said.

“There is plenty attention to border security,” he added. “Everyone wants strong borders but not everyone wants to waste a lot of money that in many places along the border is not necessary or makes sense.”

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