White House Issues Veto Threat on Individual Funding Bills to Reopen Some Agencies

The White House said it would likely veto four individual funding bills introduced in the House without broader agreement on border security.

The White House issued a policy statement on Wednesday expressing opposition to spending bills recently introduced by House Democrats to fund some federal agencies in an effort to end at least a portion of the partial government shutdown.

The statement stressed the Trump administration’s stance on the need for border security and said moving forward on the four bills without agreement on that issue was “unacceptable:”

Moving these four bills without a broader agreement to address the border crisis is unacceptable. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress to enact appropriations legislation that adequately addresses the security and humanitarian crisis on our Southwest border and gets the entire Federal Government back to work for the American people as soon as possible.

It added that the president’s advisors would recommend a veto of the bills should they be passed by Congress.

President Trump and Congressional leaders held a meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the shutdown impasse, but both sides reported that no progress was made.

The House passed legislation on Wednesday to reopen the Treasury Department, IRS and Small Business Administration among other agencies, but the Senate has indicated it is unlikely to put it to a vote.

Statement of Administration Policy

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