Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is undecided on whether he’ll support President Donald Trump’s new proposal to reach an immigration deal in exchange for $5.7 billion for his southern border wall.
“He needs to see the final proposal before he decides,” said Jonathan Kott, a spokesperson for Manchin, in an e-mail.
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Manchin’s indecision comes as Democrats have opposed Trump’s proposal Saturday for legislation that would provide temporary protection for some undocumented immigrants in exchange for billions for a border wall. The bill would also re-open the government and include disaster aid funding. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will bring the bill up this week.
Democrats have said the proposal is a non-starter and say they won’t negotiate until the government reopens.
Following Trump’s announcement Saturday, Manchin tweeted that he was “hopeful” Trump’s proposal would allow Congress to “immediately reopen gov.”
“I look forward to working w/ my GOP & Dem colleagues to make this happen so that we can end this shameful shutdown,” Manchin said on Twitter.
In a statement Saturday, Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware said “there is no reason to have large parts of the federal government shut down while we debate appropriate border security and immigration policies.” He urged the Senate to pass, and for Trump to sign, House legislation to re-open the government “allows for robust negotiations on border security and immigration policies.”
The partial government shutdown, now in its 31st day, is the longest government shutdown in history.
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