GOP senator 'optimistic' about immigration compromise

Texas Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again On 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 MORE (R) said he is "optimistic" about the prospect of Senate and House negotiators reaching a compromise on immigration reform and border security before the Feb. 15 deadline to prevent a government shutdown.

In an interview airing Sunday on AM 970 "The Answer," Cornyn told John Catsimatidis that a compromise bill could still be possible while accusing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE (D-Calif.) of causing partisan gridlock on the issue.

“I am more optimistic today than I have been about a deal on border security," Cornyn says in the interview.

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"Unfortunately this reflects some of the worst of Washington, because this really hasn’t been about border security. This hasn’t even really been about the money. It’s been about Ms. Pelosi wanting to make a political point, and denying the president something that he would consider to be a win," he says.

Cornyn stressed that "cooler heads" would see Congress through to a compromise on the issues of funding for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE's planned border wall or other border security measures. Pelosi has vowed publicly to not provide even $1 in funding for construction of a border wall.

"But I think cooler heads are prevailing," Cornyn says. "We have a conference committee … that’s going to work something out."

"The only question is — is this going to be something that both Ms. Pelosi and the president can essentially agree to where both get a win?" he says. "But we don’t need to shut the government down again.”

Congress has until Feb. 15 to reach a deal to fund the federal government that passes the White House's muster for border security measures. It's unclear whether Trump will stick to his previous demand for more than $5 billion for wall funding in any bill to keep the government funded.

Trump plans to address the issue of border security Monday at a rally in El Paso, Texas, as lawmakers meet for a final week of negotiations before the Friday deadline.