In our June homeland security Budget Update from Ferox Chief of Staff Lucia Alonzo and our friends at CT Strategies: politics looms large over the appropriations process, raising threats of a shutdown fight before FY 2019 begins on October 1.
The Trump Administration faced a firestorm of international criticism in June for its "zero tolerance" immigration policies and short-lived decision to separate children from parents of detained undocumented families. Congressional Republicans and the White House, bracing for a tough midterm election in November 2018, couldn't craft their own immigration and border security bill to please the moderate and conservative wings of the party. Even as Republican leaders hoped to move on to campaigning on the last year’s tax cuts and a still-strong economy, President Trump announced Republicans would "run on" border security and immigration policy in the midterms, keeping the matter in headlines through the election.
Senate Republican appropriators, trying to develop a Homeland Security funding bill that can pass into law before October, released a draft that promises funding increases to border security and immigration enforcement, but still rejects many of President Trump's signature policies like a Southern border wall and immigration enforcement "deportation force." President Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to veto a bill he doesn't like, tossed another wrench in the work in June by adding $5 billion to his border wall demands. These moves raised fears of a federal shutdown on October 1, weeks before the critical midterm elections.
In this Budget Update, the Ferox and CT Strategies team examine the month’s developments and how they may play out in the fall, the election, and beyond. Will President Trump follow through on his threats to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t provide billions for a southern border wall? How might fights over the federal budget shape the November elections, and the future makeup of Congress? Check out our latest update to read the latest!