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Pelosi, Schumer threaten another gov't shutdown over President Trump's request for border wall funds


'President Trump hurt millions of Americans...'

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President Donald Trump's pursuit of funding for his border wall will only lead to another government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned on Sunday.

What did they say?

In a joint statement, the Democratic leaders said they hope Trump "learned his lesson" from the last partial government shutdown because additional efforts to secure border wall funds will fail.

"President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico," they said.

"Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again," the leaders continued. "We hope he learned his lesson."

Instead of building a wall, Pelosi and Schumer suggested Trump begin "rebuilding America."

"At a time when our country faces challenges about jobs for the future, this money would better be spent on rebuilding America, and on education and workforce development for jobs for the 21st century," they said.

What's the background?

Pelosi and Schumer issued their statement in response to reports that indicated Trump plans to ask Congress for $8.6 billion in funding for a border wall. Trump's request would come in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2020.

As the Washington Examiner reported, the proposed funds would be used to build or replace wall along 722 miles of border.

Congress must approve funding for fiscal year 2020 by Oct. 1. If they fail to come to agreement, the government would enter another partial government shutdown, which would be the third of Trump's presidency.

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