Key negotiators seeking to avoid a new partial government shutdown are poised to meet Monday after talks derailed over the weekend.
A Senate aide confirmed that Sens. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyBorder talks stall as another shutdown looms Trump: Top Dems aren’t allowing negotiators to make border security deal Key GOP senator: Border wall talks are stalled MORE (R-Ala.), Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyLawmakers say they’re closing in on border deal to prevent shutdown Top GOP senator briefs Trump on border negotiations Congress in painful start to avoid second shutdown MORE (D-Vt.), Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyTrump’s ‘culture that cherishes innocent life’ hurts many abroad Lawmakers divided over how to end shutdowns for good The Hill’s Morning Report – House Dems prepare to swamp Trump with investigations MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerLawmakers haggling over border dollars much lower than Trump’s demand Negotiators running out of time to get deal to prevent shutdown On The Money: Senate GOP thinks Trump would win vote on wall emergency | Why negotiators are optimistic they’ll strike a deal | Trump, Fed chief dine amid tensions | Treasury prepares to fight back over Trump tax returns MORE (R-Texas) will meet on Monday afternoon to try to break the stalemate.
The meeting comes days ahead of Congress’s Feb. 15 deadline to clinch a deal on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to sign executive order promoting artificial intelligence Trump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Trump officials considering Mar-a-Lago for next meeting with China’s Xi: report MORE‘s U.S.-Mexico border wall and funding for roughly a quarter of the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
If they can’t get a larger agreement by then, Congress would need to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to punt the border fight and prevent a second lapse in funding in as many months.
Lawmakers left Washington late last week relatively optimistic they would be able to get a deal by Friday, the date established by a three-week stopgap measure that President Trump signed into law last month, ending the longest shutdown in U.S. history.
But talks remain stuck on two key issues: the amount of physical barrier funding and the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds to be funded.
Shelby, speaking Sunday, acknowledged that talks were stalemated and put the chances of getting a deal at 50-50.
“We’re hoping we can get there. But we’ve got to get fluid again. We got to start movement,” Shelby said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Without specifically mentioning Democrats, Shelby released a letter on Monday from sheriffs groups warning against capping the number of ICE detention beds.
Democrats acknowledged on Sunday that they had proposed a cap on the number of ICE detention beds, arguing it would force the Trump administration to focus on “serious criminals” and was in line with numbers from the Obama administration.
“The Trump Admin has been tearing communities apart with its cruel immigration policies. A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump Admin to prioritize deportation for criminals and people posing real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants contributing to our country,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardThis week: Border deal remains elusive as shutdown looms Congress seeks to avoid new shutdown: Five things to watch Progressives say Congress must reject funding for more ICE agents MORE said in a tweet.