ouse and Senate lawmakers are nearing a deal to fund border security, including “new technology, additional border patrol agents, and likely some kind of fencing in certain areas along the southern border,” according to the Washington Examiner.
The Examiner notes that there is no mention of a border wall in the deal “per orders of Democratic leaders who vehemently oppose it.”
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) said yesterday, “I gave a report on meeting with the president and I thought things were on the positive trajectory as far as maybe concluding the funding,” Shelby said. “But we are not there yet.”
The Examiner reports:
Shelby said Thursday afternoon that the next 72 hours would be critical if Democrats and Republicans are to reach a long-sought deal on border security that would also allow passage of seven spending bills and ensure full government funding by a Feb. 15 deadline.
“We’ve got serious negotiations going on,” Shelby said.
The main sticking point is how much money to provide for border barriers and what those barriers will look like.
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hite House counselor and former Trump campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said today that “all options are open” when asked about the president possibly shutting down the government in a dispute over funding for the border wall.
On Fox and Friends, host Steve Doocy said to Conway that it didn’t seem like the president would get funding for the border wall in the upcoming spending bill and asked about the possibility of a government shutdown.
Conway replied, “The president is keeping all options open. I don’t know if there’s anything he [Trump] has been more explicit or consistent on in the last three and a half years.”
She called on Congress to act, and said that they failed to meet the President’s demands on immigraiton.
The Hill reports,
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) warned Trump Thursday against initiating a partial government shutdown over wall funding.
“I said we shouldn’t ever want to shut down the government,” Shelby told reporters when asked about the discussion at the White House.
“I think maybe he agreed, I don’t know,” he said of the president’s response.
Congress has until Dec. 7 to fund the rest of the government after lawmakers failed to approve seven of the 12 individual funding bills before the end of the fiscal year deadline.
Watch Kellyanne Conway’s comments on the border wall on Fox And Friends: