Is a federal government shutdown on the horizon?
WASHINGTON (SBG) - Could the government shut down if the president's wall doesn't go up?
That's the stalemate in Washington; President Donald Trump is threatening a shutdown if he doesn't get funding -- possibly up to $25 billion -- for his wall on the Mexican border. The potential blame game is already underway.
"The real question is whether or not the colleagues on the other side of the aisle want to shut down the government over something that’s generally been agreed to as a reasonable first step for border security," said Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
"And now, he wants to shut down the government?" said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "The Republican leaders understand they own the Congress, they own the White House. So, a shutdown is on their shoulders."
In the halls of Congress, are they really worried about a government shutdown? Or has it just, to them, become a routine threat, one that seems to surface every few months?
Some report President Trump has privately agreed to put off a stalemate until the end of the year.
Why? The political risk may be too great. A shutdown would come almost a month before midterm elections and Republicans worry they would take the most heat, since they have the most power.
So, who, if anyone, will give in? Among the long lines outside a hearing on immigration Tuesday, immigrant rights advocates pressured Democratic lawmakers.
"We do encourage … we do encourage members to stand their ground and not put that money forward," said Heidi Altman, director of policy, National Immigrant Justice Center. "It’s not just about the wall, it’s about the incredibly audacious sums of money that the government is seeking not just for the wall, but also for increasing immigration enforcement and detention."
But even if the Hill and White House can't reach terms, some say there's no need to panic.
"It wouldn’t be a long-term shutdown," said Tillis. "We all know that."