Late Thursday afternoon saw the collapse of another Republican deal to end the government shutdown and secure the border.
In the Senate, Republican and Democratic proposals to reopen the government both failed procedural votes.
Both versions failed.
Now, there’s new hope.
From Fox News:
Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile told Fox News Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would soon put forward “an alternative package” in a bid to end the ongoing partial government shutdown.
Brazile told “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino” that she did not know exactly when the measure would be announced, but said it would contain “a lot of border security items.”
“I think what you’re seeing now in the Senate, you’ll see it in the House soon,” Brazile said. “We want to get this government shutdown over.”
Earlier Thursday, Pelosi denied reports that House Democrats were working on a counteroffer to President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to fund his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“That’s not true.” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference. “That’s not true. That’s not true.”
Despite the Speaker’s protests to the contrary, Brazile sounds pretty confident that the shutdown is about to end.
And, more importantly, it’s about to end with a promise from Democrats to fund “a lot of border security items.”
That’s the best news we’ve heard about the shutdown in a long time.
And there’s more, from Fox News:
The White House on Thursday signaled that a “large down payment” on border wall funding — and potentially less than the $5.7 billion that President Trump has long requested — could be sufficient to bring Republicans to the table and end the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.
“Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Chuck Schumer are meeting now to see whether or not they can work out of the deadlock,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday evening. “As was made clear to Senator Lindsey Graham, the three- week CR [continuing resolution] would only work if there is a large down payment on the wall.”
Meanwhile, at the White House, Trump said “we have a lot of alternatives” to end the shutdown, and asserted illegal immigration and drug trafficking constitutes a “virtual invasion” of the U.S. that can only be stopped by “a strong barrier or wall.” …
Let’s hope these reports are true!