Trump: 'I'm not happy' with border security deal, but another shutdown looks unlikely
"The answer is no. ... I'm not happy," about the agreement to prevent a partial closure, Trump said during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday. However, said that "I don't think you're going to see a shutdown."
Bipartisan appropriators emerged from a meeting Monday night saying they have a deal in principle to keep the government running past a midnight Friday deadline. The measure would put about $1.4 billion toward physical barriers, but not a border wall as the president has demanded. It includes money for 55 new miles of bollard fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border.
In December, Trump demanded $5.7 billion to build his proposed wall and threatened to veto any measure that did not include funds for the barrier. Democrats refused to pass the funds, and Republicans wavered on a House-passed spending measure to keep the government running. Funding for about a quarter of the government lapsed for 35 days in the longest ever U.S. shutdown.
About 800,000 federal employees were furloughed or worked without pay when funding for about a quarter of the government lapsed during parts of December and January. They missed two paychecks, and face the prospect of more lost pay if lawmakers cannot pass spending legislation.
The president said Tuesday that he "accepted the first" shutdown and is "proud of what we accomplished." Before the funding lapse in December, Trump said he was "proud" to close the government — before trying to pin the blame on Democrats.
On Tuesday, he claimed that Democrats would own the closure if funding lapses again Saturday. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have backed the deal brokered by bipartisan appropriators.
On Tuesday, Schumer called the deal "a path forward for our country" away from "a dreaded government shutdown." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also showed support for the measure, saying he hopes "the Senate can act on this legislation in short order."
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