Senate GOP leaders have discussed with President Donald Trump providing $5 billion in guaranteed funds for the wall along the U.S. southern border, Politico is reporting.
The money would be spread over two years, the website said, attributing the information to two Republicans.
It is uncertain whether Trump will accept the proposal, but he has not ruled out the idea, Politico said. The possibility of two-year funding came as officials try to avoid a partial government shutdown on Dec. 7.
It also comes as House Republican leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., are scheduled to meet with the president on Tuesday.
Politico noted unnamed Senate Republicans say the White House’s main priority is obtaining several years of wall construction money before the GOP loses control of the House in January.
"It's up to what the president will find acceptable,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said. “Ultimately he's going to have to decide it. We're better off trying to negotiate that with the president.”
But Democrats maintained they already have a deal for $1.6 billion in border security. The website noted it is a far cry for the $5 billion preferred by Trump.
"The president thinks a government shutdown will be good for the country," Senate Appropriations ranking member Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. said. "The only one that can shut down the government is the president and the Republican leadership.”
Trump has demanded action on a major border security package, including funding for the wall.
"Republicans and Democrats MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for the Wall,” the president tweeted on Friday.
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.