Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said the deal to avert another government shutdown isn’t perfect — but he’s still hoping President Donald Trump will sign it.
“I think it’s a good step in the right direction,” McConnell said during a press conference.
The Republican leader said the deal furthers the goal of securing the southern border. But that deal only offers a small portion of the funds the president has demanded for a border security wall.
Trump and lawmakers have to fund the rest of the government before it another shutdown would occur on Friday.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) was among the party leaders who joined the majority leader for the press conference; he’s on the conference committee that devised the deal.
The short-term spending bill that ended the earlier government shutdown gave lawmakers only three weeks to reach a compromise starting on January 25.
“I think Chairman Shelby and the Democrats on a bipartisan basis did a good job,” McConnell said. “From a Republican point of view, there is money in there for new barrier fencing, and there is no cap on interior enforcement. It’s not everything the president hoped to get, but I think it’s a good step in the right direction. I hope he’ll decide to sign it.”
The conference committee came to a tentative deal late Monday; it includes $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers.
Trump has demanded a lot more money for the construction of a southern border wall at $5.7 billion.
The proposal reached Monday would also use funds for vertical steel slats called bollards instead of for a solid concrete wall.
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