West Virginia’s Joe Manchin has joined Indiana’s Joe Donnelly in pledging to support border wall funding in the upcoming budget. Both Democrat senators are facing tough re-election bids in states dominated by pro-Trump voters who fully support the President’s desire to increase the nation’s border security.
“Senator Manchin supports President Trump’s $5 billion border wall funding. Senator Manchin has already voted for over $40 billion in border security, to fund the wall and secure our borders,” Jonathan Kott, Sen. Manchin’s communications director, told Breitbart News.
Sen. Manchin’s office told Breitbart News that the West Virginia Democrat also voted for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) $1.6 billion appropriations bill, which would fund over 65 miles of the border wall.
…President Trump has continued to signal that he will shut down the government should Congress not grant him his border wall funding. Trump said that he would “personally prefer” not to have the shutdown battle before the elections.
Politico noted that while the political brinksmanship behind an election-eve shutdown fight may hurt Republicans’ chances of keeping their House majority, “It also would not help endangered Senate Democrats like Donnelly, who are running as pragmatists who can make government work for their constituents.”
Trump said last week at a rally in Pennsylvania that he wants border wall funding or he will shut down the government.
“Whether it’s before or after, we’re either getting it or we’re closing down the government,” Trump charged. “We need border security.”