As Congress approaches its August recess there are only 12 legislative days left before a possible government shut down on September 30. That’s 12 days for Congress to pass legislation to keep the government running.
Like many other things in Washington, immigration complicates the passage of funding to keep the government open.
Some on the Hill think a shutdown over funding for a border wall would hurt the Republicans and that President Trump will not want a confrontation just a few weeks before the November elections. But overall, the administration thinks its immigration policy is a positive for Republican lawmakers up for reelection.
The reality is that Republicans will need Democratic votes for a government funding bill, and not many Democrats support funding a border wall.
As has been done in the past, it’s likely that Congress will push the debate about a shutdown down the road a ways and pass a measure to fund the government through the end of the year.