- New US Border Deal Includes $1.3Bln for Wall in High-Traffic Areas in Texas - Senator Dianne Feinste ..
New US Border Deal Includes $1.3Bln For Wall In High-Traffic Areas In Texas - Senator Dianne Feinstein
The bipartisan Congressional conference panel on border security has reached a deal that will include over $1.3 billion for new fencing in high-traffic areas in the state of Texas, US Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a press release on Tuesday
"I strongly support the agreement reached last night to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avoid another dangerous government shutdown," Feinstein said. "The two sticking points - funding for a border wall and the number of detention beds - were resolved in an evenhanded way. The $1.375 billion for fencing in Texas is equal to last year's funding level and will be used in high traffic areas."
Moreover, the deal would provide 40,520 detentions beds to meet the demand by the high volume of migrants detained at the US-Mexico border.
Earlier on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said he was not happy with the deal but expressed optimism about getting some funding to get started on his objective. The president also said it was unlikely another government shutdown would occur.
US lawmakers and Trump temporarily re-opened the Federal government for a three-week period until February 15 to negotiate a deal on border security. The main point of disagreement has been the Democrats' refusal to satisfy Trump's request for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the US border with Mexico, which lead to a record 35-day government shutdown.