With just a little over 5-weeks before Democrats take over the House, Rep. Jim Jordan warned on Fox & Friends, that time is quickly running out in securing funds for the border wall.
The Ohio congressmen was quizzed by the hosts regarding the ambivalence demonstrated by some Republicans concerning the President’s signature policy.
Fox host Jedediah Bila asked Jordan if his Republican colleagues have the will to fund the wall or risk a potential government shutdown.
Asking, “How do you see this playing out? Will Republicans be strong on this issue?”
Jordan’s response, “We had better be. The most important issues are the Rosenstein issue, in my mind, the Rosenstein issue I just talked about and building the border security wall and securing the southern border. We’ve seen what’s happened in the last couple of days. That was the biggest promise that the Republicans made the voters in 2016. We had better fight for that. We had better put it in the December 7th funding bill. Again, that is the single issue that the American people elected Republicans to accomplish in 2016 and we’ve got five weeks to get it done.”
The interview continued with one host after another asking almost the same question, with slight variations.
However, the question of funding the border wall comes down to one simple equation. Is the president willing to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t send him a bill over the next 10 days approving $5 billion for his wall?
The deadline is December 8th which means Congress had better put a spending package together “pronto” or at the stroke of midnight on the 8th the government shuts down.
Democrats had already rejected the $5-billion price tag with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday agreeing to only $1.6 billion for border funding. Then doubling down saying “If there is any shutdown, it’s on President Trump’s back.”
Which once again demonstrates just how far removed Democrats are from how President Trump operates, in that the president has no compulsion, (if need be), in shutting down the government.
Speaking to Politico on Monday, the president once again reiterated and would “totally be willing” to close the government if he doesn’t get the wall funding.
Adding that the $5-billion price tag isn’t negotiable, declaring “I am firm.”
Moreover, the optics on Sunday of several hundred (mostly male) rock throwing migrants storming the border and clashing with border agents forced to use tear gas, to disperse the crowd, plays well politically and reaffirms that our national security is at risk.
Moreover, the drama being played out on our TV screens has only emboldened the president in his push for more border security.
“I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total winner,” Trump told Politico. “People look at the border, they look at the rush to the police, they look at the rock throwers and really hurting three people, three very brave border patrol folks — I think that it’s a tremendous issue, but much more importantly, is really needed. So we have to have border security.”
While the troubling visuals are indeed compelling, the more important takeaway during the midterm elections, was the exit polls referencing border security.
Exit polls conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) revealed the vast majority of Republican voters; more than 80% support the construction of a border wall along the southern border.
The clock is ticking, and there seems to be a little daylight on the Schumer front, with the New York Senator suggesting he may endorse more than the reported $1.6 Billion in 2019 for the president’s border wall.
However, the president would be foolish to delay moving forward on a Schumer promise void of actual details, besides the momentum is on the president’s side.