A pair of Republican senators introduced legislation on Friday that would pair President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE's border funding request with a fix for an Obama-era immigration program, as lawmakers hunt for an end to the ongoing partial government shutdown.
The bill from Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes Overnight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — GOP senator: It's 'foolish' to buy Treasury bonds Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ohio) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranIt's time for Congress to act before slow mail turns into no mail Kaine says he has votes to pass Iraq War repeal in Senate Seven-figure ad campaign urges GOP to support infrastructure bill MORE (R-Kan.) would include a $25 billion trust fund for border security, including fencing and physical barriers, while codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for current recipients.
Moran said the legislation would return negotiations "to the basics of what a majority of my colleagues and the president support."
Portman added that he believed the legislation was a "fair and reasonable solution" as Congress and the White House try to find an escape hatch from the entrenched shutdown fight.
"I believe we have a responsibility to resolve this issue, and this legislation is a fair and responsible solution that could get the necessary votes to become law," Portman said.
The administration announced in 2017 that it was ending DACA, which allows certain immigrants who do not have legal status to stay in the United States to work and go to school.
Under the Portman-Moran bill, DACA would be codified for current recipients, who would need to renew their status every two years.
The bill would be unlikely to get enough support from Democrats to get 60 votes in the Senate — much less pass through the Democratic-controlled House. Portman introduced similar legislation last year, but it was panned by Democratic leadership.
Portman publicly pitched his idea earlier this month as lawmakers began to float an immigration deal as a path out of the shutdown fight, saying it would be a "win-win" for both sides.
“That seems to me to be one where Republicans and Democrats could each find some opportunity for victory,” he said. “I think this is an example where both sides can give a little [and] we don’t have a shutdown anymore.”
The introduction of the GOP immigration proposal comes after a last-ditch effort by a group of moderate Senate Republicans, including Portman, to find a deal that would link a DACA fix with border funding. The effort unraveled on Thursday amid pushback from Trump.
As part of those negotiations, led by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses MORE (R-S.C.), senators had discussed binding Trump's request for more than $5 billion for the wall to a DACA fix, while letting most or all of the government reopen.
But Trump indicated to lawmakers this week that he wasn't interested currently in making a DACA deal and Vice President Pence reiterated to reporters on Thursday that the administration wants to let the current legal fight over the program play out.
The shutdown, which affects roughly one-quarter of the federal government, entered its 21st day on Friday.