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by Daveda Gruber:

On Thursday House Republican leaders were told by President Trump he will not sign a Senate-passed spending package that does not include sought-after border security funds.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. met with Trump in the Oval Office and came out telling reporters that Trump told them he will not sign the stopgap spending measure approved by the Senate Wednesday night because of “legitimate concerns for border security.”

Negotiations in the House to avert a government shutdown by the end of the week are being done as this article is being written.

Ryan said, “What we’re going to do is go back to the House and work with our members. We want to keep the government open but we also want to see an agreement that protects the border. We have very serious concerns about securing our border.”

McCarthy said, “The president said what the Senate sent over is just kicking the can down the road. We want to solve this problem.”

After the president’s meeting with the Republican leaders White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said after the president’s meeting with the Republican leaders that, “Not surprisingly, they all feel strongly about Border Security…stopping the flow of drugs, stopping human trafficking, and stopping terrorism.”

Sanders continued, “We protect nations all over the world, but Democrats are unwilling to protect our nation. We urgently need funding for border security and that includes a wall.”

The Senate bill that was sent to the president would keep several key departments of the federal government funded through February and prevent a partial government shutdown.

Passed by the Senate was a measure that provides a total of $1.6 billion for border security and funds other agencies at current levels through Feb. 8. It does NOT include new wall funding.

The White House, said in a statement “the president does not want to go further without border security, which includes steel slats or a wall. The president is continuing to weigh his options.”

Trump tweeted:

Rep. R-OH Jim Jordan has been a staunch supporter of a wall/border security.

Jordan tweeted:

Congress faces a Friday deadline to get a bill to the president that he will sign or face a government shutdown. One problem, and its a big one, is that some members of Congress have left Washington.

I do not believe anyone should leave a place of employment that has paid them before they are finished doing their job.

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