U.S. shutdown deadline looms as border wall negotiations hit snag in Congress

U.S. shutdown deadline looms as border wall negotiations hit snag in Congress

U.S. shutdown deadline looms as border wall negotiations hit snag in Congress

The White House has been hot on the trail of the leaker, and Mulvaney told Wallace he expects resolution, if not necessarily eviction of the culprit. Republicans and Democrats are not communicating for now, imperiling the prospects for a deal as time runs short.

Negotiations to stop another government shutdown have stalled, as lawmakers remain at an impasse over border security.

The outstanding issues - the level of funding for border barriers as well as funding increases for detention facilities and personnel - were not new and have always been the sticking points in the talks.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee expressed concern Sunday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has not adequately scrutinized President Trump's finances and said House investigators plan to probe Trump's relationship with a bank implicated in Russian money laundering. Tester, one of 17 negotiators, said he was hopeful a deal could be reached.

"I'll say 50-50 we get a deal", Mr. Shelby told Fox. "We've got some problems with the Democrats" over funding for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations.

Two senior Republican aides told CNN Sunday morning that negotiations fell apart because the Democratic ask on internal enforcement caps was a non-starter. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Sunday on "Fox News Sunday".

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In appearances on NBC's Meet the Press and Fox News Sunday, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said "you absolutely cannot" eliminate the possibility of another shutdown on Friday if a deal is not reached over the wall. "There'll be some things that simply we couldn't agree to".

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said proposed funding is all over the map and that Democrats' are pushing to cap the number of detainee beds for people who cross into the USA illegally, causing talks to stall.

He also predicted Trump will declare a national emergency or use some form of executive authority to secure funding for a wall.

"You can not take a shutdown off the table, and you can not take US $5.7 (S$7.7 billion) off the table", he said, referring to the level of funds Trump has been demanding for a wall on the US-Mexican border. Mulvaney called the level of proposed border wall funding "all over the map".

Talks on border security funding collapsed after Democratic and Republican lawmakers clashed over immigrant detention policy as they worked to avert another US government shutdown, a Republican senator said on Sunday. As support in his own party began to splinter, Trump surrendered after the shutdown hit 35 days without getting money for the wall.

The mood among bargainers has soured, according to people familiar with the negotiations. While the two sides are now said to be close to a dollar amount for border barriers, Democrats are making a higher level of funding for barriers contingent on the new cap for beds - something Republicans are resisting. I'm hoping we can get off the dime later today or in the morning because time is ticking away but we've got some problems with the Democrats dealing with ICE, that is detaining criminals that come into the USA and they want a cap on them.

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