A second government shut down has been averted, at least for now. Congressional negotiators revealed that they have indeed reached “an agreement in principle” on border security funding that includes more than $1.3 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democrats backpedaled on their demand to cap the number of undocumented immigrants that federal authorities could detain, which had been hanging up the talks, and in exchange, Republicans agreed to limit new border fencing to no more than 55 miles.

When asked if they had an agreement that President Trump would approve, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told reporters: “We think so. We hope so.” Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, declined to give details of the deal but said a final text could be released by Wednesday.

However, without “The Wall” whether the president signs off on the agreement remains to be seen.

The Deadline Approaches

The “agreement in principal” is only a first step. Now, Lawmakers have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 15, to get the agreement through both houses of Congress and signed by Trump, before several Cabinet-level departments shut down and hundreds of thousands of federal workers are furloughed, in what would be the second partial government shutdown this year.

Rather than “The Wall” that Trump campaigned so vigorously on, sources tell Fox News the $1.3 billion can be used only for new construction that would cover approximately 55 miles of border territory in the Rio Grande Valley. The White House had requested $5.7 billion for the border wall and the administration had dangled the possibility that Trump would declare a national emergency and divert money from the federal budget for wall construction, but that move almost certainly would be challenged in Congress as well as in the courts.

The talks almost came to halt over the weekend with Democrats pushing to reduce the number of detention beds to be used by ICE to detain illegals caught in areas away from the border, a practice they called “harsh.” The Left wanted a cap of 16,500 such beds, to stem what they called “ICE overreach,” but the proposal soon hit a “Republican wall,” of its own, and was dropped from the final agreement.

Senator Shelby told reporters that the bed issue had been worked out, but declined to give details. “We think it’s going to work,” he said. “We had some hard negotiations.”

Sources told Fox News the agreement would provide enough money for 42,774 adult and 2,500 child beds with the goal of reducing that number to approximately 40,250 by the end of September. However, the White House has the ability to shift some money in the bill without congressional approval, in order to provide more money for the wall or more detention beds. With that in mind, sources tell Fox News the total number of beds could go as high as 52,000, though there is no technical limit on the amount.

Now, Trump will have to decide to sign the agreement, or whether he wants to stand against both parties in Congress, and whether he wants to shut down the government over the wall again, or divert funding for it by declaring a national emergency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34 thoughts on “No Shutdown??”
  1. It is like the 30th shut down not second! Until the congress does their Constitutional duty and starts passing timely budgets again and stops running the federal government on continuing resolutions we will keep having these shut downs!!!

  2. The most important item left out of this is how long the agreement is for!!?? Another 15 days??? A CR till the end of the current FY??? Incomplete info to say the least!

  3. America people want the money to fund the wall ! The southern border ! !
    That is taxpayers money !! We are no longer safe in our country ! Fund the wall !

  4. this is the most low government in history!! all the things the so-call president and persons around him has done , nothing has been done about him-epically his fitly mouth and the president-he is not mine.
    I hope he fall on his face’ All he know is Obama, and he will never be the president Obama was. thrump
    does not have the respect of mad dog as for as I am concern!!! GET OUT OF OFFICE HATER AND TAKE ALL YOUR CRONERS WITH YOU!!! CONCERN

  5. As for the time, it depends on what time zone the server of this website is in — and it’s apparently in Western Europe. And all I know regarding this #BADDEALFORAMERICA is this: Trump could have had 1.6 billion for THE WALL the first time — now that amount is DOWN to 1.3 billion. At this rate funding for ONE FLIMSY WALL will be down to ZERO by January 2021 (when a second Trump term would start or we wind up living in the USSA [United Socialist States of America; formerly known as the United SOVIET States of America] under a “democratic” POTUS). I say, if this bill — with that figure in it — hits his desk, he should VETO IT AT ONCE (and tell McConnell, etc. to basically STUFF IT until we get FOUR BORDER WALLS and a ROOF — AKA a reboot of Reagan’s Strategic Defensive Initiative [AKA “Star Wars”]– so that we can “protect this house” called the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

  6. I do not appreciate how you lay the blame on the first government shutdown on Trump. If the democrats would have compromised to some wall there would have been no shutdown. Just like the shutdown when Obama was in office was blamed on the republicans.
    Why do Democrat’s always play the not my fault game when it is their job to have fiscally sound spending as well as to negotiate. If you did not come up with a balanced budget or did not negotiate something all parties could agree on it is partially your fault.
    Please quit with the poor democrat not my fault rhetoric. I am trying to raise children who take ownership for their own actions and don’t need them to see all the shift blame tactics. Owning ones choices takes a level of maturity that apparently Democrats from either house know how to do.
    My next suggestion is for every government shutdown the people in the 2 houses are the 1st to loose pay as it is their fault. In addition they do not get backpay as they were not willing to do their job in the first place.

  7. Democrats suck! They don’t care about actual Legal Americans and care more about playing politics. They approved over 300 miles of fence under Obummer yet think it’s immoral now! Stop playing like you care about America and stop trying to change us into the countries that everyone is fleeing from! Care about AMERICA for once idiots!

  8. What did Hillary have to hide, she didn’t do anything wrong, did she??? why didn’t she give all her emails??? shes is an alcoholic, drug addict, a liar, murderer of Seth Rich, and Vince Foster who turned her emails to Wikileaks, she can’t walk, can’t talk, was coughing, and pedophile billy boy had to talk for her, you wanted them to be president, are you a retard stupid liberal demon-rat, we the people voted for a non politician that is not stealing us blind, and you want more theft of our money, and destruction of our economy, you have shit for brains
    look at the high waste, and pollution our cars are producing, a 200 mpg Porge vapor carburetor sitting in the patient office collecting dust, liquid gas does not burn, Volkswagen has a 264 mpg diesel not coming here, boycott the oil company owned auto company’s, spread the word.
    The only thing that will bring us out of this depression is free energy, hydrogen from water, have this as your debate, you can make all the hydrogen, as you drive from a tank of water, you know our space shuttles,are powered by hydrogen / oxygen made from water, tell every one not buy a new car / truck, to boycott the auto company’s, when they can’t sell their pieces of junk low mileage vehicles, they will have to bring out water to hydrogen powered vehicles, and kits to change the vehicles now that we have, just think what our world would be like with free energy. Do you want your world back? spread the word boycott the auto company’s that are destroying our world. the inventor of the water to hydrogen auto was murdered by our Democrat Government, get
    mad get real mad of the Democrats. Also audit all the Senator’s and representatives, they have wasted, and stole our money, make them repay all, and tax them. Do these 2 things, and the Demo rats will be finished, don’t do this and the civil war, will escalate, and the economy will collapse, get this out all over the USA. this is the only thing that will bring the economy around.put this out , and spread the word to boycott the auto company’s don’t buy a new car/ or truck. do this Trump, and we will have our dreams back again.

  9. You are fucking stupid and a real dumbass liberal and democrap and you can’t fix your stupidity!! Get out of my country and go to a Muslim country you stupid ass!!!

  10. You are so correct and take your political correctness with You!! I’m tired of hearing about black this and black that, I am a trump fan and am I true American who is American Indian!! Demorats needs to get their head out of their stupid asses !!!

  11. YOU ARE TOO STUPID TO BE HELPED

    PLEASE MOVE TO CUBA OR ANYWHERE OUTTA THE UNITED STATES
    WE DONT WANT YOU
    YOU ARE WORTHLESS AND BRING
    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO THE TABLE

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