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Lawmakers renew fights over Trump's border wall, abortion

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U.S. lawmakers clashed on Tuesday over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall and women’s reproductive health programs, flashpoints that could threaten funding to keep the federal government operating beyond this month.

Last December, Trump’s insistence on money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to deter Central American immigrants stymied passage of a wide-ranging government funding bill. It was opposed by Democrats and some Republicans and led to a record-long 35-day partial government shutdown that extended into January 2019.

The standoff ended when Trump circumvented Congress and declared a national emergency, which he said allowed him to divert money appropriated for other programs to construct the wall, a major plank of his 2016 election campaign.

11th September 2019


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