Good Morning and happy final day in July, 2018!

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President Trump is threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get sufficient funding for a border wall, throwing Republicans off balance and injecting fresh uncertainty into Washington three months before the midterm elections.

Republicans are eager to discuss the booming economy and their tax-cuts bill as they seek to protect majorities in the House and Senate ahead of what is expected to be a tough midterm election cycle for the GOP.

But Trump is making it difficult for Republicans to stay on message.

“If we don’t get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown.” – Trump

A government shutdown over funding for a border wall would be a monster development in an election year and moderate Republican lawmakers on Monday said it would be a no-win disaster if Trump balked at funding the government before voters head to the polls. An interesting statement since there is no a single human being we know that would lose a moment of sleep over it.

GOP leaders hope to circumvent Trump on shutdown. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought to tamp down speculation that the government might shutter.

“I’m optimistic we can avoid a government shutdown.” – McConnell

Lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline to pass a funding bill. GOP leaders would rather address money for a border wall after the funding deadline passes.

The president has threatened government shutdowns before and has not followed through.

“The president is making a statement. He’s made that before and he’s very interested and committed to building that wall. Right now, I’m interested in us funding the government in its totality if there’s any way possible.” – Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)

Republicans are hopeful that Trump’s latest threat is merely a negotiating tactic.

“I’ll always leave room for negotiation.” – Trump

 

 

It still seems that the likeliest scenario is that Congress passes a short-term spending bill and pushes the fight into December.

 

But some in the GOP continue to be infuriated that Trump insists on doubling down on the hot-button and inevitably distracting issues that rile up his base, rather than seeking to broaden his appeal as a way to help Republicans campaigning in swing districts and states this summer.

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