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This Is Chuck Schumer’s Plan To Stop President Trump From Building Mexican Border Wall

Monday, March 6, 2017 7:04
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Chuck Schumer has concluded that denying President Trump his
wall is perhaps the surest major defeat Democrats can hand the
President in his first year.

President Trump needs 60 Senate votes to fund
construction of his “great wall” along the Southern border. Unlike
healthcare or tax reform, Republicans can’t use the budget process
to ram the wall funding through Congress using only Republican

  • Schumer’s thinking: There’s nothing the
    Republicans would be willing to offer that could get Trump the
    eight Democratic Senators he needs to fund the wall. Mitch
    McConnell’s only other option would be to invoke the nuclear option
    and bypass the filibuster. But Democratic appropriators are betting
    the Republican leader won’t be willing to undermine such a
    fundamental Senate tradition just to pay for Trump’s wall.
  • The evolving plan, being discussed by
    Schumer’s office and Senate appropriators: If Republicans put money
    for the wall into a bill, Democrats block it. It doesn’t matter
    what else is in the bill — Schumer will make it about the wall. The
    way Democrats see it, if they can block the wall, they’d crush a
    central feature of Trump’s political identity. And as the face of
    the strategy, Schumer would thrill the Democratic base (though less
    so the red-state Democratic senators up in 2018).
  • What happens next: Team Trump knows it’s not
    going to be easy to fund the wall. A source familiar with the
    administration’s plans says the preferred strategy would be to
    attach the wall funding to the bill that funds the military. That
    way, Republicans could tell the public that Schumer and the
    Democrats are blocking money not only for border security but for
    our troops. They’ll run relentless attack ads against Senate
    Democrats up for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won.
  • What happens if Schumer wins: A second source
    familiar with the administration’s thinking said that even if
    Democrats block funding, the administration will find ways to get
    by in the short term. “We have enough money to get a decent amount
    of the wall done in first year,” the source said. “We can
    reprioritize some funding within [the Department of Homeland
    Security]. … It’s not like work would come to a complete halt.”

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