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PoliticsMcConnell: Trump should sign funding deal

22:15  12 february  2019
22:15  12 february  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Negotiators aiming to reach deal on Monday night to avert shutdown

Negotiators aiming to reach deal on Monday night to avert shutdown Lawmakers involved in the negotiations to prevent a second government shutdown say they are aiming to reach an agreement on Monday night. 

McConnell: Trump should sign funding deal© Greg Nash McConnell: Trump should sign funding deal Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he hopes President Trump will sign a deal struck this week to prevent a second government shutdown.

"I have recommended that if it becomes what we think it is, I do recommend he sign it," McConnell told reporters. "I think he's got a pretty good deal here."

McConnell's comments come as Trump is publicly waffling over whether or not he will support the deal.

Trump "very likely" to sign funding deal if it reaches him, official says

Trump The president said he wants to add to an "agreement in principle" reached by congressional negotiators to avert another shutdown. Earlier in the day, an official familiar with the matter told CBS News the president is "very likely" to sign the deal if it reaches his desk. "Was just presented the concept and parameters of the Border Security Deal by hard working Senator Richard Shelby. Looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources...." Mr. Trump wrote in a tweet, adding: "...Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security.

The president criticized the tentative agreement during a Cabinet meeting earlier Tuesday, saying he's "not happy about it. It's not doing the trick." But he also suggested he could move ahead on building his long-desired border wall and said he hoped the government would not partially shut down.

The agreement in principle reached on Monday night would fund roughly a quarter of the government for the remainder of the 2019 fiscal year and provides $1.375 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"I think he's done just fine. I hope he'll conclude that because he's got to sign the bill," McConnell said Tuesday about Trump. "I'm hoping that he will sign this agreement."

McConnell's public urging for Trump to back the agreement is a break with some other Republicans, who are worry of getting out ahead of the president on the wall fight.

The current funding runs out starting Saturday unless a new deal is passed.

Trump caught lawmakers flatfooted late last year when he said he would not support a continuing resolution (CR) to keep portions of the government open into 2019 because it didn't include more than $5 billion in funding for a border wall.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has not yet commented on the current funding deal and told reporters late last week that he wanted to know what Trump thinks before lawmakers vote on a potential agreement.

DOJ warns White House that national emergency will likely be blocked: report.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has warned the White House that the courts are likely to block a national emergency declaration to build a wall along the southern border, according to ABC News. The White House, however, remains confident that it c an win on appeal and ultimately have such a declaration approved by the courts, ABC News reported. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The White House and DOJ did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill.

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