1. Various of Senate Floor as Guest Chaplain Pastor Eddie Edmonds gives opening prayer
2. Sen. Chuck Grassley offers a prayer on Senate floor UPSOUND: (English) Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) Iowa: "Let's all pray that the president will have wisdom to sign the bill so government doesn't shut down."
Washington - 14 February 2019
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) Iowa: (responding to questions about his prayer)
"I doubt if you can complete 55 miles of wall between now and September the 30th. So the money's there for that. It'll start this process going. So I think since they can't do any more than 55 miles between now and October 1st, that's my prayer that the president sees that and that he will sign the bill because we don't want to shut down government. I also would hope just like we have 80 new members of Congress that have never been through a shutdown before being elected, now they've been through it as I was through it. The president had never been in politics before, I'm sure he never really dealt with a government shutdown. I hope we all learn from these experiences."
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina:
"Sen. Shelby's ok with it, I'm sure I'll be ok with it. I think the president (inaudible,) depends on how they write the language, but he's certainly inclined to sign it and move forward. (Reporter: Are you encouraging him to do that?) Yeah, if it does not limit bed space, and apparently it does not, cause there's some money you can reprogram and if you can actually use the money to put up barriers where it makes sense, I think I'm good to go (to vote in support of border security package,) there's some money for judges, things in there that are good for border security and let him (Trump) march toward filling in the gaps by executive action."
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he's praying that President Donald Trump will sign the border security deal into law to prevent a government shutdown.
Grassley was presiding over the Senate opening on Thursday when after the morning prayer, he added: "Let's all pray that the president will have wisdom to sign the bill so the government doesn't shut down."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who's been close to Trump, seemed to have more faith than that. He told reporters Trump is "certainly inclined to sign it" and "march toward filling in gaps" by using executive action to divert other budget funds into wall-building.
Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the bipartisan accord to prevent another partial federal shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline.
The package funds several departments but does not provide $5.7 billion Trump was demanding for the wall with Mexico. Instead, it allows nearly $1.4 billion for border fences and barriers.
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