>> It's another shutdown, showdown on Capital Hill, and for Donald Trump the timing couldn't be worse.>> I think we wanna keep the government open, don't you agree?>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Congress is yet again battling over the budget as a deadline approaches. We've seen the scenario more than a dozen times over the past few years.
What's different now is that funding is due to run out right as Trump reaches the end of his first 100 days in office. The last thing anybody at the White House wants is to celebrate that milestone with a forced holiday for the federal government. As Congress returns from a two-week recess on Tuesday, the government's already running on fumes.
With only four days to pass a new funding bill and advert a shutdown of federal services from food safety inspections to the national parks. Trump's Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but that doesn't make the task any easier. Democrats, whose votes are needed to pass the budget, are refusing to cooperate on any funding bill that would include money for Trump's signature wall along the Mexican border.
They're also digging in their heels against any bill that would exclude funding for Planned Parenthood or the federal Obamacare subsidies. Which remain in place until Republicans find a way to get rid of them. So unless the GOP can entice at least eight Senate Democrats to support their funding bill, the government will stop dead in its tracks at midnight on Friday.
Thousands of federal employees will be furloughed, just as the nation takes stock of Trump's first 100 days in office. The White House and congressional leaders could decide to let this one go and fight another day with some sort of short-term extension of funding. That would make Democrats happy, but then the GOP leaders and Trump would face another potential rear-guard revolt from House conservatives.
The very same group that helped doom last months attempt to push through a health care plan. So it's another high-wire moment for Trump and Congress. Leaders say they are making progress in their discussions to get a budget through. But until they actually get something passed, nobody in Washington will be breathing easy this week.