Another US government shutdown deadline looms

Another US government shutdown deadline looms

Republicans and Democrats are not communicating for now, imperiling the prospects for a deal as time runs short.

Following the longest partial government in US history, which lasted a total of 35 days, a special bipartisan committee of 14 lawmakers from both the House and the Senate was formed to reach a deal on border security.

The outstanding issues - the level of funding for border barriers as well as funding increases for detention facilities and personnel - were not new and have always been the sticking points in the talks. If an agreement on funding the government isn't reached by Friday at midnight, the government could partially shut down again, just three weeks after the longest US government shutdown in history. Tester, one of 17 negotiators, said he was hopeful a deal could be reached.

"We're hoping we can get there", Shelby said, adding he was "not confident" a deal could be reached by Monday. "We've got some problems with the Democrats" over funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations.

U.S. budget talks have hit another impasse over immigration, a key Republican negotiator said on Sunday, raising the prospect of a second government shutdown if no agreement is reached by this week's deadline.

Current White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Chris Wallace on Sunday that he expects to know who leaked three months of President Trump's daily schedule by as early as the end of this week. Trump "cannot sign everything they put in front of him, if there will be some things that simply we couldn't agree to", he said. "You can take that to the bank", he said on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures".

When asked about funding for a border wall, Mulvaney said he "absolutely cannot" rule out another government shutdown.

Predictably each side blamed the other for the stall in negotiations. The remainder would be at border detention centers.

The White House and many Republicans want to push the amount that would be spent for building physical barriers to $2 billion or higher. Democrats despise the proposed wall and, in return for border security funds, want to curb what they see as unnecessarily harsh enforcement by ICE.

The breakdown in talks makes it uncertain how the situation will be resolved. Calls on the topic are expected today. Two sources involved said if the bipartisan talks continued at an impasse, House Democrats were considering moving a package that would include a continuing resolution for the Department of Homeland Security through September along with six other outstanding funding measures at full year levels. Republicans say they don't want that cap to apply to immigrants caught committing crimes, but Democrats do.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is close to Trump, warned against limiting beds.

The former SC congressman has correctly anticipated the president's behavior in the past.

Democratic negotiators proved stubborn as deliberations first began.

Two of the sources said the talks were ongoing and had not completely fallen apart, but both sides of the talks were considering whether there was a path forward to a broader deal.

"Democrats have chosen petty games over the safety of Americans", the campaign said in the email.

"The president is going to build the wall". "A national emergency is certainly part of that".

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