House Dems add $1 billion in border spending to reopen government

House Democrats will offer $1 billion in funding for border security measures in a bill to reopen the government next week, a Democratic source told CNN on Saturday.

CNN reports that none of the money will be eligible for use in construction of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE's signature border wall as Democrats view other border security measures as more effective.


News of the Democrats' plan comes hours before Trump is scheduled to give a live address at the White House on border security and the ongoing partial government shutdown, which entered its 29th day on Saturday.

The bill would be the 10th Democratic bill to reopen the government since Democrats took control of the House this month, though none of the plans have made headway in the Senate due to Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' MORE's (R-Ky.) refusal to bring up any bill for a vote without the support of Trump.

Speculation has swirled around the planned announcement over whether Trump will offer his own compromise package to Democrats, or whether he will instead declare a national emergency over illegal border crossings and seek to circumvent Congress to acquire funds for the border wall.

Trump appeared to back away from the latter plan earlier this month, lamenting that such an option would likely face court battles from Democrats.

“It's the easy way out, but Congress should do this,” Trump told reporters at the time.

The fight over the shutdown ramped up this week after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS economy hurtles toward 'COVID cliff' with programs set to expire Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump Divided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground MORE (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to Trump urging him to reschedule or submit in writing his annual State of the Union speech.

Trump later countered by preventing congressional delegations from traveling overseas on military flights during the shutdown. Trump's move canceled plans for Democrats to visit troops in Afghanistan over the weekend.

Polls have suggested that more Americans view Trump as at fault for the shutdown, while smaller percentages blame House Democrats.