GOP senator 'optimistic' about immigration compromise

Texas Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate votes to take up infrastructure deal Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on Eight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division 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 PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal 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 TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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.