The scramble to avoid another government shutdown has stalled out as a Friday deadline looms for Congress to strike an agreement on border security.
Efforts to prevent the second partial funding lapse of the year have hit a roadblock, a Democratic aide told SouthIndianNews.com on Sunday. The Republican side also showed concerns. Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican as well as also the top GOP negotiator on a conference committee trying to hash out an immigration spending deal, told “Fox News Sunday” which “the talks are stalled right today.”
An argument over how best to allocate border security money today threatens to re-open fresh wounds for the 800,000 federal workers who missed two paychecks during a record 35-day shutdown in December as well as also January. Even as both major parties show no appetite for another closure, the ongoing dispute over immigration policy could stifle efforts to keep the government running.
President Donald Trump has appeared to back off his demand for a full $5.7 billion to construct his proposed border wall — which led to the previous funding lapse. However, he has still made the case for physical barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as also will do so again during a rally from the city of El Paso on Texas’ western edge.
The last shutdown cost the economy $11 billion, according to a recent analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. which figure reflects lost output by federal workers, delayed government spending as well as also reduced demand. The report estimated a hit of $3 billion, or 0.1 percent, to economic activity during the fourth quarter of 2018.
Democrats have offered between $1.3 billion as well as also $2 billion for physical barriers which Trump has demanded to secure the border by an influx of migrants, according to the source. In return, they wanted to cap the number of ICE detention beds for Inside enforcement at 16,500. Currently there are about 20,700 beds.
Republicans have rejected which idea. Trump appeared to cite the proposal in contending Monday which “the Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens!”
“This kind of can be a brand brand-new demand. Crazy!” he wrote in a tweet.
In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump also lashed out at what he said was the party’s desire to “cap … convicted violent felons to be held in detention.”
Currently, ICE Inside enforcement covers undocumented immigrants who are criminals who are detained at places some other than the border, as well as undocumented immigrants who are detained however are not criminals.
Congressional Democrats argue which limiting beds forces ICE to focus on criminals, not just illegal immigration. However, the GOP believes there are no reliable numbers on how many illegal immigrants are criminals, so they cannot support a cap. The difference has created the stalemate.
A potential solution would likely be a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government. However, neither party feels like a temporary spending measure would likely resolve the problem, as well as also both appear reluctant to support the idea for today.
As Congress struggles to find common ground, Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to divert funds for a wall without congressional approval. Even many Republicans have worried Trump would likely set a dangerous precedent by taking which step.
Still, Trump has repeatedly argued he has the authority to do so. In one tweet Sunday, the president cited comments by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., arguing for the legality of a national emergency.
The bottom line, according to the Democratic source, can be which prospects for a border security breakthrough currently seem bleak as well as also, when the current agreement lapses at the end of the week, America could face another shutdown.
“We’re not in a not bad place,” the person told SouthIndianNews.com.