After a record breaking 35 days of government shutdown, a bipartisan committee has negotiated a deal to avoid a 2nd shutdown from occurring on the 15th. But it needs approval from President Donald Trump, who is currently undecided on whether or not to back the proposal.
At the beginning of the week Republicans and Democrats concluded their draft and presented it to the president. Initially Trump refused to even review the offer as he was about to give his first rally of 2019 in El Paso, Texas.
Now though Trump has seen the deal and is deliberating fiercely on how to proceed. A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity shared, “No decision has been made.”
Interest is rising as reports on the deal suggest that it only offers roughly $1.3 billion for total border security, far short of the $5.7 billion Trump has demanded for a physical border barrier.
Trump has previously claimed that he would declare a “national emergency” if funding for the wall was not secured. With the deadline fast approaching at least there won’t be much suspense.