Schumer: Trump should sign deal to prevent shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE should sign a government funding deal that would prevent a second shutdown that would begin Saturday if there were no agreement.

Schumer, while adding the caveat that he didn’t know the details of the tentative agreement, said the “parameters ... are good” and Trump “must sign it.”

“We must not have a rerun of what happened a few months back where legislators ... agreed and President Trump pulled the rug out from under the agreement and caused the shutdown,” Schumer said. 

He added that if Trump doesn’t support the tentative agreement reached on Monday night, “the same thing could happen again. We don’t need it.”

“No one gets everything they want in these agreements,” Schumer said. “The president must sign it and not, not, not cause another shutdown.”

Sens. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyHow the border deal came together Winners and losers in the border security deal GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration MORE (R-Ala.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph Leahy‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire How the border deal came together Winners and losers in the border security deal MORE (D-Vt.) and Reps. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week How the border deal came together Winners and losers in the border security deal MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week How the border deal came together Winners and losers in the border security deal MORE (R-Texas) announced on Monday night that they had reached an agreement “in principle” ahead of the Feb. 15 deadline for the remaining seven appropriations bills.

The deal, according to multiple congressional sources, would provide $1.375 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

That would include 55 miles of barriers, according to senior congressional aides, though a congressional source separately said that a physical concrete wall was prohibited. 

Democrats dropped their demand to cap the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds for immigrants taken into custody in the interior of the country, away from the border, at 16,500.

A congressional aide said the deal included 40,520 ICE detention beds. But senior congressional aides argued that the tentative agreement included "enough flexibility to reach the president's requested level of 52,000 beds” because of the president’s ability to shuffle funding within the Department of Homeland Security.

The White House has not yet said if the president will support the deal.  

"We’re not sure yet, to be quite honest," White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said during an interview on Fox News when asked if the deal was something Trump would approve. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (R-Ky.) didn’t specifically say that he would support the deal on Tuesday, saying he looked forward to reviewing the full text. 

But he also pointed to two areas where he thought Democrats had caved: on not spending “more than $1, $1, on new border barriers and the idea that we should impose a hard statuary cap on ICE detainees in the interior of our country."

"Fortunately, our Democratic colleagues did abandon those unreasonable positions and the negotiations were able to move forward productively,” McConnell added.