Government Shutdown
There is a need to pass a bill extending routine government funding after a stopgap bill expires March 27. Without an extension, a partial government shutdown would occur. Congress must pass this spending bill, called a continuing resolution or “CR,” which would continue spending after Sept. 30, 2013, the end of the 2013 fiscal year. As it stands now, the government’s legal authority to borrow more money runs out in mid-October, 2013. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, if that date arrived on October 18, the Treasury “would be about $106 billion short of paying all bills owed between October 18 and November 15. The congressionally mandated limit on federal borrowing is currently set at $16.7 trillion. The debt limit has been raised 13 times since 2001 and has grown from about 55 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2001 to 102 percent of GDP last year.

President Trump Holds Press Conference

from The Gray Area:

President Trump held a pres briefing today in which he explained the status of negotiation on the border wall and the government shutdown, on the recent jobs report, on the status of trade deals and answered questions on many subjects. He emphasized the violence and open spaces that allow illegal entry for human sex trafficking and drugs. He provided many details with regard tot he border and the wall construction.

He stated he would not end the shutdown without progress on the border wall funding. He confirmed that he said the shutdown might go on one for a year, but expected progress to be made that would not force that to happen. He mentioned new enhanced points of entry had been discussed and agreed to.

He stated that through trade negotiations there was going to be enough money from Mexico to pay for the border wall. Certain reporters did not understand that and asked questions attempting to corner him on a failed campaign promise, when in fact he was doing exactly what he said he would do.

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