Congressional negotiators are working this weekend of talks on a security plan that includes barrier on the Us-Mexican border, hoping to complete a deal to avert another government shutdown that is acceptable to President Trump.
Saturday afternoon, President Trump Tweeted that if Democrats did not give him all The Wall money he is demanded, he may use executive action to build it.
Negotiators Saturday were zeroing in on a proposal with border barrier funding of between $1.3 and $2-B. That’s far lower than the $5.7-B that Trump demands.
One member of the panel expects a deal “before the end of the weekend” that could be finalized Monday. Saying that some Key details are still under negotiation, including the amount of money for barriers on the US-Mexico border.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby are scheduled to appear on political talk shows Sunday morning, which could provide additional clarity on how talks are progressing.
Top Democrat and Republican on the conference committee negotiating a deal said they are nearing an accord, but that the process may run into the weekend.
Lawmakers have a week left to pass a spending bill to avert another government shutdown. Current government funding runs out on 15 February.
The wild card is President Trump who continues to demanf $5.7-B for a Wall on the US-Mexico border, a proposal rejected by Democrats.
If this President does not agree to a deal reached by bipartisan negotiators, some Republican Senators say they’re unlikely to go along with it, although Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not ruled out bringing it to a vote.
President Trump’s campaign sent a solicitation e-Mail to supporters asking them to vote on whether the President should declare a national emergency to build the border wall, an option he has been floating for some weeks.
House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth said Friday he was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers invited by Mr. Mulvaney to meet Saturday at Camp David.
Others at the meeting include Democratic Representatives Henry Cuellar of Texas, Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, and Peter Welch of Vermont. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Friday the off-campus event would allow a “free exchange of thoughts and ideas.”
The talks could focus more on longer-term issues, including the debt ceiling, than the pending border deal, lawmakers said.