President Donald Trump says he’s “not happy” with the Congressional border deal that would keep the government open past Friday.
The deal, in principle, was agreed to late last night by the bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate, but will need the president’s signature.
They’ve reached a deal to keep the government open, but the president says, “I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick… I can tell you, am I happy at first glance? I just got to see it. The answer is no. I’m not. I’m not happy”.
The agreement would provide just $1.37 billion for fencing and other physical barriers; that’s more than $4 billion below the president’s demand. And, would provide funding for 55 miles of new fencing, but limits the design to currently existing structures; meaning those prototypes are a no-go.
But, Democrats did back off their demand to limit the number of detention beds, agreeing to 40,000, that was the average daily population of those being held during the last fiscal year.
It also includes money to improve holding facilities for family units.
But, the big question remains; will the president sign it?
Senator Richard Blumenthal says, “If the president fails to go for it, he would be out of his mind”.
Senator Lindsey Graham says, “I think the president is going to go it alone on the border… I don’t mind him taking that as a down payment and do executive action.”
If he doesn’t sign it, come Friday, the government runs out of money; again.
Senator Yim Kaine says, “Everybody sure learned a lesson.”
And, even the president said he doesn’t want to see that happen. “We certainly don’t want to see a shutdown. But you will be hearing fairly soon.”
Lawmakers say they hope to have the legislative text of the agreement done for everyone to see by tomorrow.