WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- With the threat of another government shutdown looming, lawmakers say they have a deal in principle to fund the government and expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
President Donald Trump said he's not happy about the deal though he likes where it takes the country. He said he would like to see changes made to the agreement but does not believe the government is headed for another shutdown.
The deal would fund all of the U.S. government. An agreement needs to be reached by Friday to avoid another government shutdown.
Debate over immigration and a border wall have been the only substantial sticking points in negotiations. The compromise reached by a select, bi-partisan group of representatives and senators would provide $1.4 billion for an additional 55 miles of border fencing.
Senator John Thune (R-SD) said, “It’s a compromise. Obviously not everybody gets what they want and really both sides had to give something.
Over the last couple of months, the president has insisted on $5.7 billion for 200 miles of border barriers. The president said he's still considering declaring a national emergency to build additional border barriers on top of those funded through a potential agreement.
The deal would also fund more border personnel and screening technology at points of entry. It would limit detentions of immigrants illegally in the U.S, but not dramatically, and far less so than the substantial restrictions democrats recently sought.