McConnell Hopes Trump Will Back Imperfect Deal to Avert Another Gov’t Shutdown

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.

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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.”

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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.

Trump already said on Tuesday he wasn’t happy with a tentative deal “at first glance.” But he also expressed optimism that something will be worked out in time. He told reporters he was thrilled with the direction the negotiations have been going.

He also said the border wall will be built “regardless.”

As “with any negotiated agreement, [the new deal is] not perfect,” Shelby said during the Tuesday press conference. “You don’t get everything you want. I didn’t get everything I wanted out of this. But I think overall, considering we’re dealing with a Republican Senate and president and a Democratic House, this is a down payment on where the

Source:: LifeZette


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