WaEX: Democrats are rejecting a backup proposal to temporarily fund the government if a broader border security deal falls through.
A senior Democratic aide said Monday that Democrats will not agree to a yearlong spending bill to keep the Homeland Security Department funded because Democrats believe it would allocate too much money for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and too much money for barriers along the southern border.
The opposition to such a plan might make it even more difficult for Congress to meet a Feb. 15 deadline to agree to some kind of spending deal that includes border security funding. Republicans are pushing for even more border security spending, including funds for a border wall, in the ongoing talks.
But with little progress in those talks and Democratic threats to spike the level-funding backup plan, the chances are rising again that a partial government shutdown will happen at the end of this week. With no deal by Friday, dozens of agencies and nine departments would partially shutter for the second time this year.
Democrats are saying specifically that they can’t agree to a continuing spending resolution unless it puts more limits on funding for ICE and a border barrier. more here