House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., reportedly vowed "a big fight" over additional border wall funding in December and would not rule out a partial government shutdown.
The tough talk came during remarks Monday at the National Press Club, Roll Call reported.
"We will have a big fight about that," he said of the funding, Roll Call reported.
"What the president wants to do is get a bigger down payment so we can get it built faster," he added.
Congress appropriated $1.6 billion for border security fencing in fiscal 2018.
"I can't speak to what the outcomes will be, only that the effort is there," Ryan said.
Congress passed five of the 12 annual appropriations bills before the Sept. 30 deadline, and Ryan said, "We did not want to have a wall fight get in the way of that achievement."
Agencies covered under the remaining seven bills are running on a continuing resolution that goes through Dec. 7, and failure to pass any of those bills could lead to a partial government shutdown.
Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security is where wall funding and other immigration security and enforcement provisions would likely be the focus of the most heated talk, Roll Call reported.
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