Swalwell says Dems won't budge on wall or make tradeoffs for Dreamers

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDems demand answers following explosive new Cohen report Democratic dark horses could ride high in 2020 Swalwell: Trump will be impeached by Congress or by ballot box MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview that aired Friday on "Rising" that Democrats will not make any tradeoffs for Dreamers or agree to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE's demand for $5 billion to build his proposed southern border wall. 

"The Republicans control the White House, the Senate, and the House. So if they can't sort out a budget among themselves, Democrats are ready to deal and give votes for their budget," Swalwell told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Thursday. 

"That will not include building a wall or making any tradeoffs for Dreamers," he continued. "We've offered to have security at the border. We believe in that, but a $5 billion wall, we don't think is a good use of money, especially when only 6 percent of the last billion dollars that was given has only been spent."

Swalwell's comments come as the possibility of a partial government shutdown looms over Congress after President Trump declared at an Oval Office meeting earlier this week that he would accept blame for a government shutdown if he does not get his requested $5 billion in funding for a border wall.

Democrats have instead offered $1.3 billion for border fencing and barriers. 

Republicans in Congress have said they do not have a plan to avoid a shutdown in time for Christmas and are waiting for Trump to signal what kind of funding bill he is willing to sign. 

— Julia Manchester