A Final Border Wall Compromise Could Be Reached Over The Weekend

Congressional negotiators have met to discuss border security since Trump signed the stopgap measure, and as the coming deadline neared, key figures appeared optimistic that a deal could be reached, as CNN previously reported.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., on Sunday lashed out at congressional Democrats for not being "serious" about border security, charging they've ignored the best advice from experts on the issue.

Predictably each side blamed the other for the stall in negotiations.

The language could stymie executive actions to build the barriers and has become another problem in the talks, the source said.

On Sunday, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said "that executive time is on there to allow the President to prep for the next meeting, to debrief from the previous meeting - the phone calls start at 6:30 in the morning and they go until 11 o'clock at night". It wasn't fair to say that Trump would sign whatever Congress comes up with, Mulvaney said, terming the level of proposed border wall funding "all over the map".

The White House said Sunday it can not rule out another government shutdown as it gets mixed signals from Democrats and Republicans racing a Friday deadline to fund President Trump's border-wall demands and keep federal operations humming.

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A Democratic aide briefed on talks said the discussions "broke down" on Saturday after the Senate GOP rejected their position on limits for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds in the interior of the country. "I'm not confident we're going to get there".

The White House and many Republicans want to push the amount that would be spent for building physical barriers to $US2 billion ($A2.8 billion) or higher.

"The government shutdown is technically still on the table; we do not want it to come to that but that option is still open to the president and will remain so", Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" viewers. Two sources involved said if the bipartisan talks continued at an impasse, House Democrats were considering moving a package that would include a continuing resolution for the Department of Homeland Security through September along with six other outstanding funding measures at full year levels.

"This is going to get built with or without Congress", said Mr. Mulvaney, who is serving in an interim capacity. "But they also demanded the limit on ICE beds, as a way to force the agency to focus on detaining migrants with criminal records instead of people who have overstayed their visas". "They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!" "But I don't think anybody has an appetite for a government shutdown and I think everybody wants to make sure our borders are secure".

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., countered by telling the same show, "The numbers are all over the place".

Mulvaney told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that Trump likely wouldn't sign a new deal that fails to provide funding.

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