Pelosi takes hard line on pay­ing for Trump’s bor­der wall

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON >> House Demo­cratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thurs­day re­jected the idea of pay­ing for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s bor­der wall in ex­change for help­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of young im­mi­grants avoid de­por­ta­tion.

Fund­ing for the wall — a top Trump pri­or­ity — and le­gal pro­tec­tions for so-called Dream­ers, a key Demo­cratic goal, should not be linked, Pelosi said.

Her com­ments came as the House and Se­nate ap­proved a stop­gap bill Thurs­day to keep the gov­ern­ment funded through Dec. 21. The mea­sure, ap­proved by voice votes in near-empty cham­bers, now goes to the White House.

Trump has promised to sign the two-week ex­ten­sion to al­low for cer­e­monies this week hon­or­ing former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30. But he wants the next fund­ing pack­age to in­clude at least $5 bil­lion for his pro­posed wall, some­thing Democrats have re­jected.

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