House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans will rewrite a last-minute spending bill to include President Trump’s demand for border security funding, after Trump told them he wouldn’t sign the bill without that money.
“We just had a very long productive meeting with the president. The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security,” Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters outside the White House after meeting with Trump.
“So what we are going to do is go back to the House, work with our members,” Ryan said. “We want to keep the government open, but we also want to see an agreement that protects the border.”
Ryan said they also have “very serious concerns” about security at the U.S.-Mexico border. House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Trump thinks the bill as passed by the Senate is just “kicking the can down the road.”
“We believe there is still time,” McCarthy said. “We can have border security.”
The Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution Wednesday night to avert a partial government shutdown. But the bill, which provides funding for several government agencies until Feb. 8, does not meet Trump’s demand for $5 billion for his border wall.
Conservative lawmakers had been urging GOP leaders to reject the Senate-passed bill if it did not provide the funding for the wall.
Ryan attended the meeting at the White House with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.