Legislators are struggling to conclude an agreement on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs executive order promotion of artificial intelligence Trump's new Syria timetable raises concerns with key anti-ISIS allies. Trump officials who consider Mar-a-Lago for the next meeting with China Xi: report the MORE wall walls before the deadline for a partial government closure.
The Congress has until February 15 to reach an agreement with Trump's office to finance about a quarter of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
But discussions seemed to unravel this past weekend with the group of 17 legislators who are tasked with finding an agreement that is stuck on two main points of contention: the amount of funding for the US-Mexico border and the number of immigration and customs enforcement (ICE). ) detention beds.
Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyBorder talks quietly while a new shutdown threatens Trump: Top Dems do not allow negotiators to close border security Key GOP senator: Border wall talks are stalled MORE (R-Ala.), The Chairman of the Senate Credit Commission, said the negotiations were "stalled" and predicted a "50-50" chance to reach an agreement.
"We hope we can get there, but we need to get fluid again.We have to start moving," Shelby said on & # 39; Fox News Sunday & # 39 ;.
Trump also weighed in suggesting that Democratic leadership disrupted the negotiations.
"The Democrats of the Border Committee behave suddenly irrationally – not only are they unwilling to give dollars for the clearly needed wall (they have surpassed the recommendations of Border Patrol experts), but they do not even want murderers in custody! is it going on? "Trump said in a separate tweet.
Although the legislators acted until Friday, they considered Monday as an unofficial deadline if they wanted to make a deal with the Trump agency without ignoring the procedural obstacles in the house, including a 72-hour rule that required the legislation to go three days before it has a voice on the floor.
Without an agreement, legislators will have to adopt a continuous resolution (CR) to prevent a second claim from Saturday. Chief of staff of the White House, Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyMore of Trump's personal schedule "s leaked to press: Axios Border talks stagnation while another shutdown threatens Trump calls executive time & # 39; a positive, non-negative & # 39; MORE also suggested that if Trump can not get what the administration sees as an acceptable level of funding from the conference committee, the White House might try to shake the money already approved by Congress.
"We will take as much money as you can give us, and then we will find the money legally somewhere else to secure that southern barrier, but this will be built with or without Congress," Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday.
Trump has not ruled out calling for a national emergency to build the US and Mexico border wall, despite the severe decline of Republican members of Congress. Mulvaney also drove on Sunday that they could request reprogramming money, although that requires a signing off from Congress.
"A shutdown from the government is still technically on the shelf," he added.
Majority leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrat promises to continue with deposition, divide his party Dems advocates for "strategic investments". during a tour along the southern border Leaders of both parties pay tribute to the life of Dingell on the home floor MORE (D-Md.) Deletes Mulvaney's remarks and says that another shutdown is not possible not out of the reach of the possibility if Congress does not close a deal that the president is willing to support.
"I just came back from the visiting border this weekend and can confirm that what we need is not a medieval wall, but twenty-first century technology, port infrastructure, extra trained staff and humanitarian aid," he said in a statement.
Trump is expected to go Monday to El Paso in Texas to hold a rally with supporters, where he will probably repeat his call to build the wall and fulfill one of his main campaign promotions.
The impasse is a turnaround at the end of last week when senators involved in the negotiations thought that a deal could be reached at the weekend.
Negotiators had narrowed the gap over the financing of physical barriers along the border to between $ 1.3 billion and about $ 2 billion, although lawmakers have not yet settled on the exact dollar amount or what kind of barriers there would be in the agreement.
Democrats acknowledged on Sunday that they had proposed a ceiling for the number of ICE prisons, arguing that it would force the Trump government to focus on "serious criminals." and was in line with the Obama administration figures.
"The Trump administrator has torn communities with his brutal immigration policy, a ceiling for ICE retention beds will force the Trump administrator to prioritize deportation for criminals and those who pose real security threats and non-lawful immigrants who contribute to our country" says Lucille Roybal-Allard.Lucille Roybal-Allard This week: Border deal remains elusive because shutdown is looming on Congress trying to prevent new shutdown: Five things to watch Progressives say Congress should reject funding for more ICE agents MORE said in a tweet.
The House is scheduled to take a measure – led by Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaDem tells Guaidó from Venezuela: & # 39; You can not approve American military interventions & # 39; Hannity finds Green New Deal disapproved as "economically guaranteed-to-be-devastating & # 39; Dems downplay divisions on Green New Deal MORE (D-Calif.) – that requires troops that are not approved by Congress to be removed from hostilities in Yemen, with the exception of the fight against terrorism.
"Today, the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Parliament has brought us one step closer to the implementation of the first resolution with war powers of both chambers in the history of the United States Congress," Khanna said in a statement last week.
"… More than 14 million Yemenis – half of the country – are on the verge of famine and at least 85,000 children have already died of hunger and disease as a result of the war Let us be an American complicity in the atrocities in Yemen. & # 39;
Under the joint resolution, armed forces should be removed from the territories within 30 days of entry into force unless the Congress and the President agree on a later date or if a declaration of war is issued.
It is expected that the legislation will pass both chambers, in an important break with Trump about the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. The upper chamber passed the measure last year, but the house controlled by the republican did not bring the decision to the ground after it had stripped its privileged status during the 115th Congress.
Republicans have picked up two seats in the Senate. But Senator Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyBorder talks silently while another closure takes place Dems wary of killing filibuster Political world mourns Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress MORE (D-Conn.), Who is co-sponsor of the resolution , predicted they could pick up GOP support still got frustration about the American-Saudi relationship on Capitol Hill.
"I think there were a number of Republicans who wanted to support in December, but not because they thought the Saudis would behave less badly," Murphy said. "There are no indications that the Saudis are behaving less badly, and so I think there were some Republicans who stood on the fence in December and can now be with us."
The Senate will complete its work this week on a federal country system.
The legislation reconfirms the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It also contains provisions aimed at increasing recreational access to federal land and has dozens of specific local facilities to add to national parks and other land positions.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill on Monday evening. The room could also vote on an amendment by Senator Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Energy: EPA enforcement numbers at historic low point Dems push resolution to support the Paris climate agreement Top legislator demands planning for Congress delegates Tell Congress to end the war and hunger in Yemen Trump's choice for Kavanaugh's old court chair grilled over date-rape comments LEARN MORE (R-Utah) to prevent a president from building or extending national monuments without national approval.
The vote on Lee's amendment comes after he and Senator Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill & # 39; s 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways Sights and sounds from the night Virginia attorney general admits he blackface wore GOP senators think that Trump would win votes on Senate emergency clearance approves Syria, anti-BDS bill MORE (R-KY.) Blocked the package from quickly passing last year because of the fight against the Antiquities Act.
Lee, who spoke on the Senate floor at the end of December, said he wanted two words "for Utah" to be included in the Antiquities Act, which would prevent a president from creating or expanding national monuments without permission from the state in Utah.
"This bill creates 1.3 million hectares of wilderness, about half of which are in my state," Lee argued, referring to the land package. "If we come from a country where two thirds of the country is owned by the federal government, where we can not do anything without permission from the federal government, it hurts."
The Senate is ready to turn to the nomination of Prosecutor General William Barr after the land package has been packed.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell New battle lines in war over the judicial choices of Trump Trump divides Democrats with warning of insidious socialism Congress tries to prevent new shutdown: Five things to look more (R-Ky.) Gave a procedural vote on Barr for so fast like this week.
Barr seems to be on a sliding road to confirmation after simply lifting the judiciary committee along a party line vote on Thursday.
Democrats, who have 47 seats themselves, are facing a tough climb if they want to block the nomination of Barr on the Senate floor.
Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) Became the first Democrat who announced that he would support the appointment of Barr, and said that he believes Barr will "exercise independent judgment and defend the interests of the Ministry of Justice."
With Jones's cover, Democrats should win at least five Republicans and keep the rest of their caucus united. Potential swing-votes, including Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump divides Democrats with warning of insidious socialism Dismantling of killing filibuster McConnell tests Barr's nomination for next week MORE (D-W.Va.), Have not yet said how they will vote.
Barr previously served as Attorney General during the George H.W. Bush administration, but his current appointment ran into controversy over an unsolicited memo that he sent to the White House. Barr described in the memo the Mueller's probe as based on a "fatally misunderstood" theory and would "endanger" the presidency.
Barr told Senators during his interrogation last month that he would let Mueller stop his investigation, that Trump would not "correct" his final report and that he would disclose Mueller's findings in accordance with the law.
The House canceled the votes before February 12 to allow members to attend the funeral of former representative John DingellJohn Dingell This week: Border deal remains elusive, because shutdown is looming. Overnight Health Care – Presented by PCMA – Lawmakers pay tribute to John Dingell's legacy about healthcare White House denies that officials sabotage ObamaCare | FDA wants to meet with Juul, Alsex is doing execs about youth vaping that Dingell dictates to his wife for death: "My last words for America & # 39; MORE (D-Mich.). Dingell, the former dean of the House and the longest serving member in the lower chamber, died after a battle with cancer at the age of 92 on Thursday.