President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) — THE Latest on Congress’ border security measure and President Donald Trump (all times local):
President Donald Trump says he is reviewing the border security compromise. But he is not yet promising to sign off on the deal.
Trump tweeted Thursday: “Reviewing the funding bill with my team at the @WhiteHouse!”
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The president is widely expected to sign the compromise that would avert a government shutdown, but would only provide a fraction of the dollars he sought for a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. Still, Trump has not publicly declared his plans and has made clear he is not happy with the deal.
The Democratic-controlled House was poised to pass the sweeping measure Thursday evening, and the Republican-led Senate was expected to approve as well. Bargainers formally completed the accord moments before midnight Wednesday night.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he’s praying that President Donald Trump will sign the border security deal into law to prevent a government shutdown.
Grassley was presiding over the Senate opening on Thursday when after the morning prayer, he added: “Let’s all pray that the president will have wisdom to sign the bill so the government doesn’t shut down.”
Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the bipartisan accord to prevent another partial federal shutdown ahead of Friday’s deadline.
The package funds several departments but does not provide $5.7 billion Trump was demanding for the wall with Mexico. Instead, it allows nearly $1.4 billion for border fences and barriers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged senators to approve it as “a compromise that no side will view as a perfect deal.”
Congress is set to resolve its border security brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion.
Lawmakers are preparing to pass a compromise providing just a sliver of the billions Trump has demanded for a wall with Mexico. It would also avert a rekindled government shutdown this weekend and finance dozens of federal agencies for the rest of the fiscal year.
Congressional leaders plan Thursday votes on the package. Passage is expected first in the Republican-led Senate, then the Democratic-controlled House.
Trump’s signature is expected, though it’s hardly guaranteed.
Trump’s assent would end a raucous legislative saga that commenced before Christmas and saw Trump force a record 35-day partial federal shutdown.
The bipartisan deal contrasts with the parties’ long-running clashes over health care, taxes and investigations of the president.