Rep. Jody Hice: Republicans ‘Need to Deliver’ $5B in Wall Funding

Congress, Trump Look To Put Budget Fight On Hold Until After Bush Funeral

Congress, Trump Look To Put Budget Fight On Hold Until After Bush Funeral

The decision, confirmed by aides involved in the talks, was made because of the observances surrounding the death of former President George H.W. Bush.

Trump wants $5 billion in funding to construct a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border as part of any agreement to sign a package of the remaining funding bills yet to be signed into law for the next fiscal year.

House lawmakers filed a two-week stopgap spending bill Monday that would ensure that the government remains fully funded as the nation mourns former President George Bush this week.

Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94, will be memorialized on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington.

That gives negotiators an extra two weeks to finalize legislation to fund roughly a dozen agencies, including critical areas like the State Department and the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation.

Congressman Hice's comment arises as House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said on Tuesday that Democrats could give President Trump up to $1.6 billion so long as much of the spending goes toward border security, not building the wall.

The U.S. Congress, facing a Friday deadline for approving about $450 billion in funding for several government agencies or forcing them into a partial shutdown, is steering toward a two-week extension as President Donald Trump and Democrats argue over border wall funding. He did not provide any evidence for the savings, but again threatened to close the "entire Southern Border if necessary". But Trump has signaled he's ready to fight for the money as one of the last big-ticket items of the GOP-led Congress before Democrats take over the House in the new year.

Most legislation requires 60 votes on the Senate floor, meaning Republicans - who now hold a narrow two-seat majority - will need Democrats to help pass any spending bills.

President Trump has also called for a permanent solution to the Obama-era DACA program along with other reforms to the immigration system. The meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for December 11, said a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Senate Homeland Security appropriations bill, which was reported but never brought to the Senate floor, includes $1.6 billion for "approximately 65 miles of pedestrian fencing along the southwest border in the Rio Grande Valley Sector".

The country shouldn't have to endure a shutdown over "Trump's temper tantrum", Schumer said last week.

"I think a lot of them would want to pass our appropriation bills", Shelby said. Chuck Schumer and House Democrat Nancy Pelosi has also been delayed to next week.

Almost three-quarters of the federal government has been funded for the fiscal year that runs through September 30, 2019, but the stalemate remains over wall funding and several remaining federal agencies.