(Tea Party PAC) – On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said during a press conference that he is hoping the President will sign the new immigration agreement a conference committee reached on Monday.
“First of all, I hope he signs the bill. And second, I think he ought to feel free to use whatever tools he can legally use to enhance his effort to secure the border,” McConnell said.
On Wednesday morning, the White House said that Trump will not decide whether or not he will be signing the new deal until he has reviewed the whole thing.
On Tuesday, the President told reporters during a cabinet meeting that he is happy to see progress being made, but wasn’t immediately pleased with the new deal, which allocates a fraction of the cost for a barrier wall that he has been requesting, and puts a cap on beds in ICE detention facilities.
“Am I happy at first glance, I just got to see it?” he said. “The answer is no, I’m not. I’m not happy. But am I happy with where we’re going? I’m thrilled.”
“It’s always nice to negotiate right?” he added.
The President was hopeful, however, that we will not be seeing another government shutdown come Friday, the deadline for Congress to strike a deal on border security funding.
“I don’t think you’re going to see a shutdown,” he said. “If you did have it, it’s the Democrat’s fault … We certainly don’t want to see a shutdown.”
President Donald J. Trump responds on negotiations reaching a border deal to avert another government shutdown. “I have to study it. I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick.” But Trump also told reporters a government shutdown is unlikely at the end of the week, even if a funding agreement isn't fully satisfactory.http://cnn.it/2E5QXJg
Posted by CNN on Tuesday, February 12, 2019
The current bill grants $1.375 billion for a 55-mile long physical barrier structure on the border, a much lower budget that Trump’s proposed $7 billion that he stuck with through the recent shutdown, which was the longest in US history.