The federal government is nearing a spending deal that could include $1.5 billion for President Trump’s border wall.
While Democratic leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have called on Trump to reopen the government before finalizing the deal, it appears some Democrats may give in, Politico reported Friday.
The deal would keep the government open until Feb. 15, while the spending and immigration negotiations continue.
The new deal could run as much as $1.7 billion, according to Politico, but only a portion of the money that Trump campaigned on – $1.375 billion – would actually be for a border wall.
A bipartisan group of Senate Democrats, led by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, has been trying to broker a deal that includes the wall funding. Manchin will serve as a “negotiator for the administration,” a deal-brokering position within his party, Politico said.
Schumer has been leading the push for a clean reopen for the government. Trump has stated that he would “like to have a deal.”
Neither President Trump nor Democrats are expected to indicate whether they’re prepared to sign the deal before it is passed.
Trump claimed in a Friday morning tweet that Democrats were “willing to spend more money than ever before on Radical Ideology.”
If Democrats are willing to waste millions of taxpayer dollars on Pelosi’s radical agenda that we just agreed to, just let them fail. Call her bluff! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
Trump is slated to visit the border in McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday.
A White House spokesperson told reporters this morning that it was “impossible” for Trump to travel to the southern border without Congress’ approval before Trump is scheduled to visit the site later this week.
Under the deal reportedly near, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will introduce a bill next week that would reopen the government.