It's only June, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends an interview with Stephanopolous Trump defends an interview with Stephanopolous Buttigieg on foreign intelligence offers: "Just call the FBI"The laser focus on immigration and the desire for a border wall make GOP lawmakers nervous that late negotiations on a budget deal could get bogged down and lead to a new government shutdown.
Trump is asking for $ 5 billion in border funding as part of an agreement that would limit federal spending and increase the debt ceiling.
A senior administration official said on Friday that the Senate should draft credit bills that fund President Bush's request for the wall. The GOP Senate could then negotiate with House Democrats for compromise versions of spending bills later this year.
Chairman of Senate Credits Committee Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyOn The Money: Pelosi does not plan to raise the debt ceiling before the conclusion of an agreement on spending ceilings | McConnell lobbies White House to reach budget deal | Warren's bill would wipe out billions of student debt | The Senate passes the IRS reform bill on money: Pelosi does not plan to raise the debt ceiling before the conclusion of an agreement on spending ceilings | McConnell lobbies White House to reach budget deal | Warren's bill would wipe out billions of student debt | The Senate passes the bill on the reform of the IRS Trump's border funding comes back from the dead MORE (R-Ala.) And the other Senate Republicans see it as a risky strategy that could lead to a new deadlock and a possible closure of the government at the end of the year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection Security Bills Face GOP Law Election Security Bills Face GOP War Night Defense: Trump bends in half to claim that Iran has attacked tankers | Iran calls alarms "alarming" | A senior nuclear officer quietly leaves the Pentagon | Pelosi promises that Congress will block the sale of Saudi arms MORE (R-Ky.) And the other Senate Republicans are anxious to avoid a new government shutdown, but Trump is more focused on consolidating his conservative base before the 2020 election. He wants to show that he's doing everything to keep his campaign promise: build the wall.
Asset tweeted a quote John McLaughlin, a GOP investigator, said last week that the president had "been keen to keep America stronger and safer."
Getting more money from Congress for a border wall would reinforce this argument.
Shelby does not think Democrats will accept $ 5 billion for a border wall, though some Republicans believe the allocation can be described as "euphemist" or "massed" as funding for "border gates" or "border infrastructure" ".
A meeting Wednesday afternoon between Shelby, McConnell and several influential GOP officials and senior White House officials failed to lead to a breakthrough.
"I think the biggest problem is funding the wall," said a GOP legislator aware of the discussions. "They want $ 5 billion. I do not think they will get $ 5 billion for the wall. "
Trump's requests for financing the wall are presented by the Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSchiff blames MJ on his note regarding withholding tax returns Trump Schiff hurts MJ on his memo on withholding tax returns Trump On The Money: JJ offers legal advice that refuses to publish Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats worry about minimum wage | Trump denigrates Powell before the crucial meeting of the Fed | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman PLUS invoice and Acting Chief of Staff of the White House Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael Mulvaney Election Security Bills Face GOP Law Election Security Bills Face GOP Press White House Reflects on Restoring Daily Press Conference with Sanders Replacement : PLUS report, the former House finance advocate, who has repeatedly rubbed Republicans in the Senate in the wrong way.
A second Republican lawmaker said that Senators were frustrated by Mulvaney, who was hanging on to the two-year spending agreement preferred by McConnell and Shelby.
"Has Mulvaney ever voted for an expenditure bill in the House? I do not think so, "said the source.
Shelby and others say the two-year deal is essential for the US military to be sufficiently prepared to deal with Iran and other international threats.
The wall is not the only problem facing negotiators.
Mulvaney and Mnuchin are worried about the possible political reaction if Trump signed an agreement with the Democrats that would significantly increase spending on defense.
A two-year budget agreement could increase spending by nearly $ 350 billion over the next two years and exceed $ 2 trillion over the next decade, based on the analysis of the budget. a two-year agreement between Trump and Congress last year.
However, the increase in spending on non-defense seems inevitable if the President Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Election Security Bills Face GOP Law Election Security Bills Face GOP Law Dems Repeals Repeal of Justice Rule Prohibiting Presidential Charges MORE (D-Calif.) Is to support the transaction.
"Pelosi's numbers will not be accepted by Senate Republicans," the source said.
Pelosi and Democrats in the House propose their version of the annual spending bills without an agreement on the most important figures with the White House and the Senate.
White House acting budget chief Russell Vought said Thursday that Pelosi was the biggest hurdle to reaching an agreement and that it could jeopardize the nation's creditworthiness by now the limit of the debt.
"The threat from President Pelosi to oppose an increase in debt until the government approves the $ 2 trillion increase in Democrats' democratic spending is irresponsible and irresponsible, "Vought said in a statement.
A third GOP lawmaker said Mulvaney and the White House were wary of critics of the House of Commons caucus and conservative media if a spending bill increased the deficit significantly.
"You must also convince the Republicans of the House not to denounce the role of the Senate. Nobody really thinks about it. If they're picking on them, then the conservative media will say it's a terrible deal, "said the senator, adding that Mulvaney and Mnuchin were" concerned about the debt and rightly so ".
But lawmakers said the Senate Republicans were worried about avoiding a new closure.
"I do not think anyone wants to live what we experienced last year," said the senator.
McConnell, speaking to a small group of journalists in April, said a two-year spending agreement was needed to avoid a possible government shutdown or permanent resolution throughout the year.
He said that a "rough agreement typically feathers on your side", but added that "it's sort of the basic work of the government that needs to be accomplished".
Republicans are somewhat optimistic that Shelby can negotiate an agreement with Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOn The Money: Pelosi does not expect any increase in the debt ceiling before the conclusion of an agreement on spending ceilings | McConnell lobbies White House to reach budget deal | Warren's bill would wipe out billions of student debt | The Senate passes the IRS reform bill on money: Pelosi does not plan to raise the debt ceiling before the conclusion of an agreement on spending ceilings | McConnell lobbies White House to reach budget deal | Warren's bill would wipe out billions of student debt | The Senate passes the bill on the reform of the IRS Trump's border funding comes back from the dead MORE (Vt.), The top democrat of his committee, despite the demands of Pelosi.
Shelby and Leahy took a night flight Thursday in Europe to get to the beginning of the Paris Air Show, which gave them more one-on-one time to discuss an expenditure agreement.
The two former senators have already been able to reach agreements.
But all parties say that the fight against declining funding, which caused a partial closure of the government earlier this year, is a real problem.
Trump's $ 5 billion figure comes from the President of Homeland Security's 2020 budget.
His request gives $ 5 billion in priority to the construction of the border wall and also requests $ 506 million to hire more than 2,800 law enforcement officers and other additional US personnel for customs and protection. borders, as well as the fight against fraud and customs.
Wednesday's meeting at McConnell's office focused on overall spending and administration officials did not address the controversial border wall issue.
A member of the Republican Senate asked if funding for the wall could be omitted or significantly reduced to avoid a new partisan confrontation and the closure of the government at the end of the year.
"The discussions did not focus on the funding of specific programs, but on overall spending, but it is frustrating that the administration's demands for critical funding at the border continue to be ignored by Congress. It does not make sense that Republican appropriation bills do not include Republican priorities even before the start of negotiations with Democrats, "said a senior administration official.
Asked about GOP's frustration with Mulvaney's role in spending discussions, Leahy said, "I have the impression that Republicans are tired of having someone trying to micromanage, which has nothing to do with the end result. "
"Dick Shelby and I are going to fix something," he said.