There’s not much time left for the House Senate Conference committee to come up with a compromise on border security-and avoid another government shutdown.
17 lawmakers on the committee are negotiating privately since their first meeting last week.
Lawmakers remain optimistic they will find a deal – despite President Trump saying he believes the negotiations are a waste of time.
“Tasked by our respective caucuses, we’ll get this done before Wednesday night,” Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby said.
“We are having Republicans and Democrats who are used to negotiating with each other, are used to reaching an agreement and we will,” Vermont Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy said.
The conference committee needs to act quickly. They have just more than ten days to find a solution they agree on.
Democrats are opposed to funding a border wall.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy said he wants taxpayers dollars spent on measures, like technology and other resources to better secure the border.
President Trump thinks differently. He’s suggested declaring a National Emergency to fund the border wall.