Negotiators make progress on bill to keep government open

Negotiators make progress on bill to keep government open

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico was watching to see if plans by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to shake up taxation included a levy on remittances sent home by Mexican workers or the imposition of tariffs on Mexican goods.

But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a statement Monday evening responded favorably to media reports suggesting the president might be willing to hold off on his request for border-wall funding.

"Some chatter on CapHill that Trump could agree to border security provisions like blimps, fences, motion detectors & call it a 'wall, ' " wrote Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram on Twitter. Echoing the views of House GOP leaders, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said there would be a vote on health care legislation when House leaders count the 216 votes needed to pass it.

An existing temporary funding bill expires Friday at midnight and all sides anticipated that another stopgap measure would be required to buy time for the House and Senate to process the massive spending bill, which would wrap together 11 unfinished agency spending bills through September.

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Despite Trump's dismissal that the 100-day marker is "artificial", the White House is planning a packed week of activities leading up to Saturday.

Trump had told supporters Mexico would pay for the wall, but with Mexico refusing to foot the bill he now wants Congress to make a down payment.

Known as the El Chapo Act, the bill was introduced by Trump's Republican contender in the 2016 presidential election, Senator Ted Cruz.

When asked whether actual construction of the wall can wait until the fall, Spicer said, "No, it's not a question of wait until the fall".

As the party in control of the government, he doesn't want Republicans to shoulder the blame for any shutdown.

Nonetheless, Trump tweeted Tuesday, "Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL".

The latest offer by Republicans to Democrats in 11th-hour negotiations omits the $1 billion the White House had asked for to begin construction on a wall on the Southern border, three aides on Capitol Hill told NBC News. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and member of leadership.

Lawmakers are likely to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to buy more time, maybe a week, to reach a comprehensive deal on funding the government. House Republicans sued, arguing that under the Constitution, only Congress has the power of the purse, and that the Obama administration's decision to spend money that Congress did not appropriate violated the separation of powers. Internal Department of Homeland Security estimates have put the cost at $21.6 billion (£16.83 billion). John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, pointing to border security elements that have bipartisan support like technology and personnel.

"I'm not happy to pass this on", Limbaugh said Tuesday on his show.

The original GOP bill eliminated numerous mandates, offered skimpier subsidies for consumers to buy care and rolled back a Medicaid expansion.

Meadows and numerous conservatives and moderates opposed an initial version of the bill, forcing House leaders to withdraw the measure before a planned vote last month.