Schumer: Funding deal possible if Trump drops border wall

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: ‘About time’ GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger MORE (D-N.Y.) says a government funding deal can be reached by Friday to avert a shutdown now that President Trump seems to be dropping his demand for border wall money to be included.

"I want to say that it's really good news that the president seems to be taking the wall off the table in the negotiations we're having on an appropriations bill this week," Schumer said from the Senate floor Tuesday. 

He added that "if the threat of the wall is removed ... our negotiations can continue and we can hopefully resolve all of the outstanding issues by Friday." 
 
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The White House's demand that a funding bill include money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall had stalled negotiations ahead of a Friday-night deadline to avoid a government shutdown. 
 
Trump told a group of conservative journalists on Monday night that he would be okay with punting the border wall fight until September, when lawmakers will face another government funding deadline. 
 
But he tweeted on Tuesday morning that he remains committed to building the border wall, though he didn't specifically address timing of the funding. 
If the administration drops its request for funding in the current bill, it would remove what has emerged as one of the largest obstacles to getting a deal with only days left until the deadline. 
 
Schumer, however, warned that other issues remained unresolved, including healthcare for miners and their families that is set to expire at the end of the month, help for Puerto Rico, and an equal increase in defense and non-defense spending. 
 
"But I'm hopeful we can address them as the week moves forward. Poison pill riders are something that could really hurt the bill, and we don't want that to happen," he added. 
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) offered no new details on the negotiations on Tuesday morning, but said that he hopes to finish talks "quite soon."