President Trump urged Republican lawmakers to shut down the government later this week if they can’t tighten immigration laws in an upcoming budget deal. “If we don’t change the legislation, if we don’t get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country and continue to kill … let’s have a shutdown,” Trump told a law enforcement panel on Tuesday. “I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.” On Tuesday evening, the House passed a stopgap bill that would increase Pentagon spending over the next eight months while keeping funding the same for non-defense programs. It’s likely this will fail in the Senate, where Democrats want spending increases to be equal across the board.
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