WASHINGTON: US House and Senate legislators have reached an agreement “in principle” to provide $1.375 billion for fencing and other physical barriers at the Mexico border, a figure far lower than the $5.7 billion that President Donald Trump had demanded, to stave off another government shutdown.
The agreement which was reached on Monday night, was expected to avert a second partial government shutdown. The first shutdown that began on December 22 and ended on January 25, was the longest administrative closure inthe US history. The deal, however, contains only a fraction of the money Trump wants for his promised border wall and does not mention a concrete barrier. It still needs to be approved by Congress and signed by the President, the New York Times reported.
Speaking later, Trump promised to finish building the border wall regardless of what the Democrats and Republican legislators agreed to in the Congress. “We’re building the wall anyway,” he said at a rally in El Paso, Texas. In a crowded stadium with banners saying “Finish the Wall”, Trump told supporters: “Walls work… Walls save lives.”