The Trump administration made clear it would not consider a Democrat spending bill to fully reopen the federal government, partially because it would also restore foreign aid to organizations that commit or promote abortions.
The federal government has been partially shut down since President Donald Trump rejected a government funding bill that didn’t include $5 billion to begin constructing the southern border wall he campaigned on.
The legislation lacked the wall funding at the heart of the dispute. In addition to making abortion-involved groups once again eligible for foreign aid, the Democrat plan would also give $37.5 million to the United Nations Population Fund, from which Trump withdrew in 2017 over its participation in China’s forced abortion regime.
Vice President Mike Pence reiterated Thursday evening that “we will have no deal without a wall,” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also declared that the Senate “will not waste its time considering a Democratic bill which cannot pass this chamber and which the president will not sign.”
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