The administration of US President Donald Trump has indicated that it will continue working with the GOP-controlled Congress on other issues although funding for a border wall he had asked for is not included.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer signaled Wednesday that the administration was backing down on pushing for the $1.5 billion Trump had requested to build a wall on the Mexican border.
“That is our request,” Spicer said, yet adding that “We will continue to work with Congress on the rest of the [fiscal 2017] budget.”
Trump had requested the funding to start work on the wall he had promised to build. He had also vowed to make Mexico pay for it rather than American taxpayers.
The funding request faced opposition from Republicans, who then put it on hold, arguing that it will complicate the 2017 spending bill and could threaten the government with a shutdown after its funding expires on April 28.
Democrats have also vowed to bar any legislation involving a funding for the construction of a wall.
Apart from the wall, Trump’s money for expanding the US military will also have to wait, said Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday.
Trump had requested a supplemental spending bill to earn funding for some of the promises he had made on the campaign trail ahead of the US 2016 presidential election.