(NEWS 8) – The longest government shutdown in U.S. history was in the rearview mirror for a couple weeks, but in five days another shutdown could begin, as lawmakers are still trying to come to an agreement on funding for a border wall.
The shutdown started December 22, 2018. Government workers missed two paychecks before it was resolved January 25, 2019.
Lawmakers agreed to a deal that provided a three week reprieve. The deal funded the government through Friday, February 15 and it didn't include any money for a border wall and gave federal workers back pay.
President Trump tweeted Sunday:
The Border Committee Democrats are behaving, all of a sudden, irrationally. Not only are they unwilling to give dollars for the obviously needed Wall (they overrode recommendations of Border Patrol experts), but they don’t even want to take muderers into custody! What’s going on?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
It was a very bad week for the Democrats, with the GREAT economic numbers, The Virginia disaster and the State of the Union address. Now, with the terrible offers being made by them to the Border Committee, I actually believe they want a Shutdown. They want a new subject!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
I don’t think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
Acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, reiterated another shutdown isn't out of the question:
“So let's say that the hard core left wing of the Democrat party prevails in this negotiation and they put a bill on the president’s desk with zero money or $800 million for the wall, an absurdly low number for the wall. How can he sign that? He cannot in good faith sign that."
There is little appetite for another shutdown on Capitol Hill even within the Republican party.
Sources tell CBS News negotiators are discussing around $2 billion for border security as democrats dispute President Trump's characterization of the southern border.
"The crisis that is claimed, America being under siege or attack, I don't agree with," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Lawmakers plan to spend the next week trying to find a compromise that both parties will support.
“I'm absolutely confident that the members of the conference committee are going to come up with a good deal. The question is whether the President will go along with it,” explained Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York.
Negotiations continue Monday and at this point lawmakers seem optimistic a deal will happen by the end of the week.
The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California's high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it has already spent.
Two people were killed Tuesday night in a collision between a car and a big rig at an Otay Mesa intersection.
Construction has begun on the fifth border wall project of Donald Trump's presidency, replacing up to 14 miles (22 kilometers) of barrier in San Diego, authorities said Tuesday.
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While homelessness continues to be an issue in San Diego, one group of veterans has been quietly doing their part to help. Every week, the organization hands out sleeping bags to people living on the street.
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All westbound lanes of Interstate-8 from State Route 163 will be closed Tuesday night from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday.
A new California bill introduced by a Southern California senator would add additional lanes no maximum speed limit to north and southbound Interstate 5 and Highway 99.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize California's lead role in a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
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