There’s a lot riding on what happens, both for Trump and his Republican partners in Congress.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday found Trump to be the least popular president in modern times at this stage in a presidency.
Though his most loyal supporters remain enthusiastic, and 53 percent overall said he was a strong leader, majorities doubted his honesty, judgment and trustworthiness in a crisis. Fifty-six percent said Trump has accomplished “not very much” or “little or nothing” so far, upping pressure on the White House to produce a victory in the next week. (Read more of the poll results here.)
It is unclear how much a government shutdown would affect these numbers, but it’s safe to assume it could make some of them worse. A shutdown would also mar the end of Trump’s first 100 days with another round of controversy.
Here’s where the situation stands as we begin the week.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN?
Government funding will run out at the end of Friday unless lawmakers pass — and Trump signs — a stopgap measure providing more money.
Right now, what’s standing in the way is a disagreement over funding for one of Trump’s campaign promises: a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Trump and his aides want Democrats to agree to provide wall funding as part of the stopgap measure. Democrats vigorously oppose this, creating what appears to be an impasse as the clock ticks down toward Friday. (Though Republicans hold majorities in both chambers, Democrats’ support will be needed to pass the spending measure in the Senate.)
Republicans’ lack of strong solidarity with Trump isn’t helping the White House’s position. As our colleague wrote, some GOP leaders have voiced skepticism about including wall funding in the stopgap bill — Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), for example, told rank-and-file Republicans on Saturday that his top priority was passing a measure to keep the government open.
This week’s legislative schedule also isn’t doing Trump any favors. After two weeks of recess, the Senate comes back Monday night and the House comes back Tuesday. This leaves just three days to work out an agreement while the chambers are both in session.
WILL THERE BE A VOTE ON HEALTH CARE?
You might recall that Trump still hasn’t fulfilled his vow to repeal and replace Obamacare, after a first attempt to do it crashed and burned at the end of March.
In an ideal world, a second attempt would succeed this week before Trump’s 100th day in office, providing him with a concrete legislative achievement during the first three months of his presidency. But despite pressure from the White House last week, Ryan made no specific commitment to hold a vote before Saturday while speaking to his members this weekend.
As our colleague wrote, Ryan offered “no specific plan on how or when lawmakers might see details of a new proposal to revise the Affordable Care Act.” Yet Trump aides continued to work through the details of legislation Sunday, with Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or sometime in early May discussed as possible options for a vote.
COMING UP ON TRUMP’S SCHEDULE
Here’s a look at some of Trump’s other plans this week:
- Meeting with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson
- Working lunch with ambassadors from U.N. Security Council nations
- Reception with conservative media outlets
- Dinner with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)
- Speak at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Day of Remembrance event
- Roundtable discussion with farmers, followed by the signing of a related executive order
- Swearing-in for Sonny Perdue, the new secretary of agriculture
- Dinner with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
- Host Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the White House
- Sign executive order on veterans’ issues
- Dinner with Supreme Court justices
- Sign executive orders on energy issues
- Speak at National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum in Atlanta
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