House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday characterized the tentative government funding deal as Democrats caving on President Donald Trump’s demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had said “‘no money for a wall;’ which’s not the case,” the California Republican said in a “Squawk Box” interview. “The Democrats have currently agreed to more than 55 miles of brand-new barrier being built.”
Congressional negotiators said they reached a tentative deal late Monday to fund the government as well as also avoid another shutdown. A congressional source told SouthIndianNews.com which would likely put about $1.4 billion toward physical barriers, however not the concrete wall which the president wants.
Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build 215 miles of wall along the southern U.S. border led to a funding stalemate in December as well as also a record-long, 35-day partial government shutdown.
On Jan. 25, the president signed legislation to put federal employees back to work. However, Trump has threatened to let funding lapse again or declare a national emergency on illegal immigration if Congress doesn’t craft a deal he likes.
“The president includes a few more tools in his toolbox,” said McCarthy, without elaborating on what those tools might be.
Pelosi’s office did not immediately reply to SouthIndianNews.com’s request for comment.
The tentative funding agreement would likely also reduce the cap for Immigration as well as also Customs Enforcement detention beds by about 17 percent by the current 49,057 to 40,520, according to the source.
“The Democrats changed course when they said, ‘There would likely be no detention beds,'” McCarthy said. “They backed away on which. currently we are able to have those detention beds again. which’s not as high a number as we would likely have liked.”
—SouthIndianNews.com’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to which report.