Just 100 days into his presidency and Donald Trump is already dealing with a crisis of major proportions as the Republicans are scrambling to ensure that a funding shutdown does not put the brakes on the government fast and hard. Congress has been approving funding short-term bill by short-term bill for a while now to keep the government functioning but this will not work out as a permanent practice. Concrete action will need to be taken on the funding front and for this, it is necessary that the Democrats and Republicans come to some sort of agreement on the crucial issues at hand.
Adding pressure on the ruling Republican Party is the fact that President Trump completes a landmark 100 days this Saturday and so far, he does not have much to show for his occupancy of the Oval Office. He is keen to get a major win in some fashion to make his 100 days tenure fruitful. But given that the big addition he wants in the bill to be passed on Saturday is for his Mexican wall project, it does not seem likely that a favorable solution will be found.
The Democrat- Republican standoff
In what aptly seems to be a Mexican stand- off to beat all others, the President seems to be really keen to get funding for his Mexican Wall and the Democrats seem equally keen to shoot the proposal down. While, in any other situation, this may be quite a normal turn of affairs, right now this could end with a potential shutdown of the government. Political analysts are concerned that it may turn out this way: the Republicans push through with their funding request for the wall and the Democrats vote against it. Even some Republicans have stated that they are against the idea so the chances that the bill will tank are rather high. If this does happen, the government is in some serious trouble because the funds have run out.
Meanwhile, adding some more drama to the mix, the Republicans are calling for a repeal of Obamacare now. The fact is that there is no new bill that been outlined so far to take its place and no proposal on handling the areas addressed by Obamacare have been approved either, Given the lack of clarity on 'if not Obamacare, then what?', it might be awfully premature from the Republicans to repeal the existing act.