Trump Says He's Getting Things Done At "Record Clip"

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President Donald Trump tweeted on Sept. 1 that his administration is getting things done at a "record clip."

Trump's statement comes even though no major piece of legislation has been passed through Congress during his time in office, The Independent reports.

"General John Kelly is doing a great job as Chief of Staff," tweeted Trump, according to The Independent. "I could not be happier or more impressed -- and this Administration continues to ... Get things done at a record clip. Many big decisions to be made over the coming days and weeks. AMERICA FIRST!"

Legislators will return to Washington from the August recess on Sept. 5 with a number of deadlines looming at the end of September. Congress must approve an increase in the debt ceiling by Sept. 29 and pass a budget bill by the end of the month.

Trump had been expected to make the provision of $1.6 billion in funding for his border wall a condition for signing the budget bill.

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"Build that wall," Trump told a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Aug. 22. "Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall."

With Democrats set to resist any funding for the wall, speculation suggests lawmakers may reach a short-term arrangement to keep the government running until December, allowing more time for a compromise.

Shortly after Trump's Phoenix rally, the White House informed congressional Republicans that such a short-term solution need not include border wall funding.

"I don't think a government shutdown is necessary and I don't think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included," House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, said.

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Even close Trump allies on the issue of the border wall, such as Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, acknowledge that now is not the time to force the issue of border wall funding.

"Obviously I'm supportive of the wall and putting the wall funding in [the government funding bill], but from a pragmatic standpoint, even if we pass a [bill] that has the wall funding in there, it will get stripped out in the Senate," Meadows told the Post.

While saying he would back funding for the wall, Meadows added, "but you can't be intellectually honest and believe that this fight is going to happen in September."

On healthcare, the Senate only has until the end of September to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare with 51 votes. That's because the process of reconciliation by which GOP lawmakers wanted to overturn Obamacare will no longer be open to them. They would then require support from eight Democrats to get the 60 votes necessary for healthcare reform.

Sources: Donald J. Trump/TwitterThe Independent, The Washington Post / Featured Image: Michael Vadon/Flickr / Embedded Images: Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2)

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