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Speaker Paul Ryan laments 'broken politics' in farewell address

Speaker Paul Ryan laments 'broken politics' in farewell address

The White House has seemed to change its position several times on whether or not Trump would sign a spending bill without a border wall.

According to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the president will not sign the Senate passed continuing resolution.

"We're down to nearly single digits here", Roberts said about the large number of senators from both parties who left town after the Senate passed the stopgap bill late Wednesday night.

On immigration, Ryan says no matter how the border wall battle is resolved, "The system will still be in need of serious reform".

"So what we're going to do is go back to the House and work with our members", Ryan added.

Trump's desire for border wall funding leaves the path forward for Congress unclear. Without negotiation with Senate Democrats, any border funding would be stripped out in conference between the House and Senate anyway.

But the president is standing his ground with his pledge to risk a government shutdown in the name of border security.

"The Democrats, who know Steel Slats (Wall) are necessary for Border Security, are putting politics over Country".

The frustration grew Thursday morning during a closed-door meeting of House Republicans.

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Trump's declaration to Ryan is the latest in a head-spinning saga of shutdown politics with a central fight for funding his proposed wall along the US southern border.

The Senate managed to pass a bill to avert a shutdown, and the House is slated to vote on it today.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, 48, acknowledges he never achieved two longtime policy dreams - reining spending by the government's huge entitlement programs and controlling the enormous and growing national debt.

"When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership".

"It didn't happen! We foolishly fight for border security for other countries - but not for our beloved United States of America". He said supporters of the president "believe it's a promise that he's been telling them that he will keep". What they are just beginning to realize is that I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has flawless Border Security.

The official said it's still unclear what Trump will do - a similar situation to the omnibus signing last March. The criteria to qualify for the debates hasn't been revealed, but the DNC says it won't just be polling and will take into account other factors like fundraising. He said the House can and should pass $5 billion for the border wall and send it to the Senate.

Conservative Trump allies in the House Freedom Caucus agitated for Trump not to give up the wall fight.

While the legislation, which passed the Senate Wednesday, is expected to pass the House before the end of the week, many conservatives are calling on the President to oppose the legislation and Trump is listening.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed optimism about reaching a new compromise before lawmakers leave Washington for the holidays.