Lawmakers have just announced that they’ve reached a deal – in principle – on the border agreement for the wall.
But so far they aren’t leaking any details out on that deal thus far:
BREAKING: @SenShelby telling CNN negotiators have reached a deal to avoid another government shutdown— Jonathan Hardison (@FOX6Hardison) February 12, 2019
Here’s more from Politico’s Heather Caygle:
Sen. Shelby announces conferees reached an agreement “in principle” and staff will work on hammering out the language now— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 12, 2019
“If the four of us couldn’t get it together, this Congress never could. And we have gotten it together,” Sen. Leahy adds— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 12, 2019
Rep. Lowey says staff is working out the details now but conferees won’t say what those details are— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 12, 2019
Disaster aid won’t be in this deal, it’s separate, Shelby says— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 12, 2019
To RECAP: Congressional negotiators say they have reached a deal to avert shutdown.— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 12, 2019
No details on what they agreed to regarding border wall and detention beds, said that will be released when bill text is released.
Govt funding deadline is Friday
Lowey when asked if details will come tonight: “Oh please, no”— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 12, 2019
So there you have it. Will it be enough for Trump? Who knows at this point since we don’t know anything about the agreement. Rumor was earlier that it would have around 2 billion for a border wall, but we won’t know for sure until probably tomorrow.
UPDATE: The details have leaked and they don’t look good. The money isn’t even close to 2 billion and ICE beds have been reduced.
The agreement reached tonight would include:
-$1.375b for border barriers (55 new miles of bollard fencing)
-Dems drop call for new cap on ICE beds for detentions in interior
-Overall cap on detention beds drops from 49,057 to 40,520
Per congressional official.
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) February 12, 2019
NEWS: Deal includes $1.375 billion for physical barriers.
Also, 40,520 overall ICE beds, roughly 17% drop from current levels.
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) February 12, 2019
Yikes. If Trump signs that, I think a lot of people won’t be happy…
This is crazy:
More info on barrier, per a congressional source:— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) February 12, 2019
• Prohibitions on use of concrete wall or other Trump Wall prototypes. Only “existing technologies” for border barriers can be built– the same things that were built before President Trump.
Trump has said that it’s going to be steel slats because that’s what the border patrol wants. But if they wanted a concrete wall, why deny it to them? Because this is all politics. Ugh.