Illinois’ Congressional Delegation Split on How to End Federal Budget Impasse

Illinois’ Congressional Delegation Split on How to End Federal Budget Impasse

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) — If the clash isn’t resolved soon, more Illinoisans could be affected by the partial government shutdown over increased southern border barrier funding.

Should President Donald Trump declare a national emergency to continue building a physical barrier on the southern border? Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation hope it doesn’t come to that.

Asked if the president should act unilaterally to get a border wall, as he said he could, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said the president and Democratic leaders should get to the table and come up with a solution for more border security.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Trump would have a difficult time if he went that route.

“He’ll face a challenge, I’m sure, if he oversteps what the law requires when it comes to his responsibilities as commander in chief,” said Durbin, who has been part of the negotiations with the White House.

Trump said it is a national emergency that illegal immigrants are pouring through the border and he could declare such to move on building more border barriers.

Trump has been insistent on getting more than $5 billion for a physical barrier of some kind. Davis said Trump has conceded on the price and even what to call it while Democrats haven’t budged on opposing any extra funding.

“Understand there’s movement that’s been made on the president and the executive branch’s side,” Davis said. “Let’s see some movement on the Legislative Branch’s side too.”

The partial federal government shutdown is expected to continue until the Democrats and the White House reach a compromise.

Durbin said airport security workers are starting to feel the pinch.

“As of next Friday they’ll miss a payday,” Durbin said. “That may mean some problems for mortgage payments, problems in balancing the budget of their own families and households.”

Essential employees must report to work and will get back pay once the shutdown is resolved, but nonessential employees of the affected federal agencies are furloughed.

Tax refunds could be another problem. The Internal Revenue Service is still taking money, but, in the past, refunds have had to wait. The White House said Monday that refunds would paid under a new policy meant to lessen the impact of the shutdown.

Davis dismissed temporary funding solutions like passing only one funding plan for certain agencies to ease the building pressures.

“We shouldn’t just be focusing on a piecemeal process to end individual portions of those who are affected, let’s get it done,” he said.