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 TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage 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 FleischmannTrump faces new hit on deficit Lawmakers concede they might have to pass a dreaded 'CR' GOP blasts Democrats for using 2014 'kids in cages' photo to promote migrant hearing 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 MeadowsEx-Ukraine ambassador arrives to give testimony GOP seeks to gain more control of impeachment narrative Conservative lawmakers demand Schiff's recusal from Trump impeachment inquiry 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 MulvaneyHillicon Valley: Trump official declines to testify on trade protections for tech | Senators call for better info-sharing on supply chain threats | Apple pulls app after Chinese pressure Overnight Energy: Dems subpoena Perry in impeachment inquiry | EPA to overhaul rules on lead contamination tests | Commerce staff wrote statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump Commerce staff drafted statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump's hurricane predictions 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 YarmuthOn The Money: Trump signs stopgap spending bill | Shutdown fight delayed to November | Deutsche Bank reveals it has two individual tax returns tied to House subpoena | House Dems demand documents on Ukraine aid It's time to axe the unjust 'widow's tax' House Democrats demand White House turn over docs on Ukraine aid 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 AguilarHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions House Democrats introduce new legislation to combat foreign election interference Democratic leaders seek balance amid liberal push to go big on immigration 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 GrangerCongress hunts for offramp from looming shutdown fight House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November Lobbying world 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