Lawmakers appear to embrace deal to avoid another shutdown

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Lawmakers appear to be embracing a deal that would avoid another government shutdown.

However, the deal would not fully fund the president’s border wall.

“I don’t think we’ll see a government shutdown…”

But President Trump says he’s not happy with a border security bill backed by a bi-partisan group of lawmakers.

“It’s not doing the trick but I’m adding things to it.”

The president had demanded five billion dollars for a border wall, but under the agreement reached Monday, Congress said it’ll spend $1.3 billion for 55 miles of a border barrier.

Senate leaders from both parties are encouraging President Trump to support the deal.

“Please MR. PRESIDENT, SIGN THIS BILL.”

“If it becomes what we think is, I do recommend he sign it.”

Lawmakers say the deal does include an additional $1.7 billion for the Department of Homeland Security.

And while that money wouldn’t go towards a wall, it would allow DHS to better secure current border checkpoints.

Lawmakers have until Friday night to pass a funding bill to avert a shutdown.

And the president says no matter what lawmakers decided, he’s not done fighting for the wall.

“It’s all going to happen, where were going to build a big beautiful wall.”

He says he could still declare an emergency on the border and order the military to begin building the wall.

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(This story was originally published on February 12, 2019)

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