House GOP cancels news conference as potential for Trump veto increases shutdown fears

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Fears about a partial government shutdown grew Thursday as President Donald Trump left the door open to vetoing a short-term spending bill expected to pass Congress.

The Senate has approved a bill to avoid a partial government shutdown. But it was unclear Thursday morning whether the House would pass it — or if Trump would sign it — ahead of the midnight Friday deadline to keep the government running.

In a vague tweet Thursday morning sent as House Republicans scrambled to find a way forward, Trump expressed frustration with Congress. He said he was “promised the Wall and Border Security” when he “begrudgingly signed” an omnibus spending bill earlier this year.

“It didn’t happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries - but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!” Trump wrote, while continuing not to divulge whether he would sign the spending measure. Trump also threatened to veto the omnibus bill earlier this year before signing it.
 
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