“Well, try $1.375 billion,” Ms. Ingraham said on Fox News on Tuesday night. “She might not want to call it a wall, but that’s what it is. And that’s not all bad.”
As of late Wednesday afternoon, lawmakers and aides were working to resolve lingering issues in the spending package, which includes funding for the Department of Homeland Security and six unfinished spending bills.
Representative Henry Cuellar, Democrat of Texas and one of the 17 House and Senate lawmakers negotiating a compromise, said there were late discussions about where new fencing could be built in the Rio Grande Valley, in order to address local and environmental concerns. White House officials pushed back against efforts to empower local governments to block f new fencing.
A number of extensions, including a provision that would provide back pay to federal contractors deprived of payments during the last shutdown, will not be included in the package because bicameral leadership negotiations did not result in an agreement, according to a senior Democratic aide. The unfinished items also include an extension of the Violence Against Women Act, which is set to expire Friday.
Mr. Trump said the White House had not seen the legislative text of the deal, and when aides do, “we’ll be looking for land mines.”
Because the text had yet to be finalized, multiple lawmakers declined to give definitive answers about their support of the bill. But most Democrats indicated they would support the legislation, even before the text was finished, in part because it would stave off another government shutdown and includes Democratic priorities in the other six bills.
Other liberal lawmakers expressed concerns about the funding levels for the number of beds for detained immigrants and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which some had campaigned to abolish. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York and one of the more prominent advocates for abolishing ICE, said she was leaning against it.