Lawmakers haggling over border dollars much lower than Trump's demand

Lawmakers seeking a deal on border security that would avert a second partial government shutdown are haggling over figures below President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE's demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the Mexican border.

Republican negotiators are pushing for $2 billion or more in funding, while Democrats say they hope the figure will not go above $1.6 billion.

Just as important are specifications for how funds can be spent, with Democrats pushing for specific restrictions on what kinds of barriers could be built and where.

“I want the highest possible number we can get, but I would hope it would be north of” $2 billion, said Rep. Chuck FleischmannCharles (Chuck) Joseph FleischmannCongress seeks to avoid new shutdown: Five things to watch On The Money: Negotiators discussing border funding lower than Trump's demand | Amazon reconsiders HQ2 move to New York City | Early IRS numbers point to smaller average refunds Bipartisan House group heads to Camp David retreat MORE (R-Tenn.), a conferree on the bipartisan negotiating committee.

A bipartisan Senate bill last year included $1.6 billion in funding.

Lawmakers face a Feb. 15 deadline to reach a deal and are working through the weekend to try to get one in place by Monday, which would give the House and Senate enough time to pass a bill before funds for parts of the government would run out.

Trump has largely allowed talks to proceed unimpeded, but negotiators are concerned that he will dismiss the final result as insufficient.

At that point, they worry, he could allow the government to shut down for the second time this year, or declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and build the wall using other funds.

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Trump, Congress brace for Mueller findings CNN's Toobin: 'Swirl of suspicion' about more indictments not justified MORE (R-N.C.), who has Trump’s ear and previously encouraged him to shut down the government over the wall issue, said the current state of negotiations was discouraging.

“The details I’m hearing about are not things the president should sign,” he said.

Other subjects under discussion include funding for detention beds for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Democrats are seeking to limit the number of beds as a step toward phasing out family detentions.

The sides are also debating how much funding to provide for Puerto Rico as part of a disaster relief bill included in the measure.

The final spending number may not be as important as the details over how the funds can be spent, Meadows said.

"If the final proposal is too restrictive, I would be more inclined to encourage him to do a clean CR and do the national emergency, but again, it’s the details," Meadows said of Trump, referring to a continuing resolution that would simply extend 2018 funding levels through the end of the year.

The status of negotiations is expected to come up at Camp David Friday evening, where acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyWhite House rejects Dem request for documents on Trump-Putin communications Consumer bureau chief reverses efforts to sideline advisory panels Mulvaney poised to become permanent White House chief of staff: report MORE is convening a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including three of the conferees and several Budget Committee members.

Some Democrats worry that the White House will blow up the negotiations.

“Of course it’s a possibility,” said Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense The politics and practicalities of impeachment Progressives seek defense freeze in budget talks MORE (D-Ky.), chairman the House Budget Committee, who will attend the meeting. “In a rational world it would all be fine. In a rational world it would be easy. We’re not in a rational world.”

Democratic negotiators say they are reviewing the latest offer Republicans sent over on Thursday night, and expect to respond tonight. Though conferees have not yet scheduled another meeting for the weekend, staff negotiations are expected to continue.

Most negotiators were planning on staying local in the event of a breakthrough. Rep. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarLeft flexes muscle in immigration talks Immigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security Lawmakers haggling over border dollars much lower than Trump's demand MORE (D-Calif.) said he was flying home for his son’s 13th birthday party on Saturday, but would return immediately on Sunday so he could sign a deal if it is reached.

Many negotiators expressed optimism that a deal could be reached, but Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerOn The Money: Trump issues first veto, warning of 'reckless' resolution | US hits Russia with new sanctions | Dems renew push for contractor back pay | Lawmakers seek probe into undocumented workers at Trump businesses House Dems renew push for government contractor back pay The Hill's Morning Report — Cohen testimony turns up heat on Trump associates MORE (R-Texas), when asked if she shared that optimism, replied, “Not so much.”

“We’ve still got some time. We’ve asked for the weekend,” she added.

-Scott Wong contributed