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Shut down the government if a border wall isn't funded? EconoMeter panelists weigh in on Trump's threat.


Friday, September 1, 2017

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President Donald Trump speaks about border wall and federal budget.President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn't fund his border wall. (JOSHUA ROBERTS / Reuters)

Kelly Cunningham, National University System - NO: Presidents may influence budgeting if willing to spend time and effort to cajole Congress, but never get everything they want. Republicans face a litany of high-stakes priorities: extend funding of government agencies, raise debt limit, reauthorize programs such as flood insurance and children’s health, ambitious effort to rewrite the federal tax code. With Republicans controlling the presidency, Senate and House, shutting down the government they are running is not a politically or practically wise move.