By Townhall. For the past two weeks, members of Congress have negotiated on border security and spending in an attempt to avoid another government shutdown. When President Donald Trump signed a stop gap spending bill he told Democrats they have until Feb. 15th to come to a compromise with Republicans or a second shutdown would occur.
Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey are the two who made the announced that they made a deal “in principle” following a closed-door meeting on the Hill.
“We’ve had a good evening and we reached an agreement in principle between us on Homeland Security and the other six bills,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL). “Our staffs are going to be working feverishly to put all the particulars together.” (Read more from “Preventing a Shutdown: Congress Comes to an Agreement on Border Security” HERE)
Lawmakers Reach Border Deal ‘in Principle,’ Including $1.375B for Physical Barriers
By Washington Examiner. House and Senate negotiators late Monday struck a bipartisan deal “in principle” that would dodge a second partial government shutdown by providing President Trump $1.375 billion in funding for physical barriers along 55 miles of the Rio Grande Valley.
The accord, which must pass the House and Senate and receive the president’s signature, resolved a weekend impasse over illegal immigrant detentions.
By Monday night, both sides were claiming victory in the talks, although the exact details of the agreement weren’t yet clear, and two of the major claims seemed to contradict each other.
For example, Democrats over the weekend were first trying to cap the number of illegal immigrant detentions but backed away from that demand. However, a top Democratic aide told the Washington Examiner that Democrats had secured a 17 percent reduction in detention beds needed to hold illegal immigrants, although it wasn’t clear how that reduction was calculated. . .
On the other side, Republicans were claiming victory because the deal includes no statutory caps on the illegal immigrant detention population and secures “the funding and flexibility necessary to maintain its current detention population and respond to surges in apprehensions,” a senior Republican aide told the Washington Examiner. (Read more from “Lawmakers Reach Border Deal ‘in Principle,’ Including $1.375B for Physical Barriers” HERE)