GOP makes government funding offer excluding money for wall

"I'm headed back to Capitol Hill".

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., left, accompanied by, from second from left, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., Sen.

FILE - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington.

"If the negotiation on other themes - immigration, the border, trade - isn't satisfactory to Mexico's interests, we will have to review our existing co-operation", Videgaray said.

Trump has said Mexico will eventually repay the United States for the wall, but the Mexican government has been adamant it will not do so, and Trump has not laid out a plan to compel it.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., agreed.

FILE - In this April 5, 2017 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY takes a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

President Donald Trump takes the cap off a pen to sign an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project at the Department of Homeland Security facility in Washington, D.C., on January 25, 2017. Congress must pass a $1 trillion catch-all spending bill to pay for all agencies of government or trigger a partial shutdown Saturday, which happens to coincide with the 100th day of Trump's presidency.

"It's good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations", Schumer said late Monday.

Mr Trump told a gathering of conservative media reporters that he might be willing to wait until September for the funding.

Republican and Democratic appropriators have been negotiating for weeks over an omnibus package that would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year, or September 30. On the Senate floor Tuesday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell sounded optimistic.

Earlier on Monday, Schumer reiterated an assertion made last week that bipartisan negotiations in Congress were going well until the White House began demanding money for the wall as a condition for accepting a funding bill. Of that amount, $1.4 billion would go to Custom and Border Protection procurement, construction and improvements, including $999 million for the first installment of the border wall. President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a.

JEFF FLAKE: I don't think any of us are very hot on the 2,000-mile wall.

Trump vowed to fight for the wall. "I have to build a wall".

The standoff echoed similar spending fights during the Obama administration, when Republicans would push to "defund" Obama's health law over the objections of Democrats.

Meanwhile, Trump appeared poised to procure about $15 billion to boost the military. 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. The measure would also while maintain foreign aid accounts that Trump has targeted, along with a series of grant programs popular with lawmakers in both parties, such as community development block grants. Democrats, with McConnell's help, were pushing to extend health benefits for 22,000 retired Appalachian coal miners and their families whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April.

That will likely allow Republicans and Democrats to reach a deal quickly. The subsidies are part of the Affordable Care Act health insurance law, commonly called Obamacare.

The two most recent shutdowns were October 2013 during the Obama Administration, when lawmakers in the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill to fund the government.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer welcomed Trump's Monday night comments and noted there were Republican opponents of the wall too. After signaling last week that they hoped for a vote as soon as this week on a rewritten health bill, White House officials softened their stance Monday. It's just one of 32 executive orders the President will have signed off on by Friday - ahead of his 100th day in office.

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