House Speaker Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, "There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation".
Democrats and Republicans in Congress are now trying to come up with a border security compromise - though Pelosi´s tough statement Thursday did not augur well.
"Let them work their will", she said of the appropriators serving on the conference committee.
Originally, Trump reveled in the word "wall", leading chants at political rallies of "build the wall!"
"If you're asking if there is any money for the border wall?".
Rather, Democrats approved a bill providing funds for more border patrol agents, drones, sensors and other equipment and measures. Asked for thoughts on Jeffries' comments, Pelosi pointed to vehicle barriers, also known as Normandy fencing, now stretching across hundreds of miles along the border. "She can call it a wangdoodle, I don't care".
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"There's 600 miles of something - 300 miles of them are Normandy fences", she said.
"Is there a place where enhanced fencing, Normandy fencing would work?"
But in his tweetstorm Thursday, Trump dropped the semantics.
Earlier he took to Twitter to say that whatever happened, he'd get the wall built. I've got you covered. "On February 15, the committee will come back, and if they don't have a wall, I don't even want to waste my time reading what they have, because it's a waste of time", he said. "Whatever the president may say it is far from an open border". It increases the chances that the only way to avert another shutdown would be to put a host of federal agencies on autopilot for weeks or months. However, this would probably not end the wall debate.
A Democratic negotiator, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, brushed aside Trump's tweets, saying people are paying less attention to them.
Trump has demanded $5.7 billion for this fiscal year to start construction on a border wall that he envisioned during his 2016 campaign as being 2,000 miles (3,200 km) long and made of concrete. Trump's GOP allies acknowledge he might have settled for just a fraction of it.
Included in the Democrats' plan was $98 million above past year for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hire 1,000 more customs agents, and $400 million for buying and deploying security technology. She added that the 17 House and Senate negotiators should decide the components of the nation's border security.
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The daycare worker from Stamford, Connecticut , had been in the city visiting a cousin when the accident happened. She is now in the care of relatives, the spokesperson says. "That's an environment the MTA should not allow".
"Smart border security is not overly reliant on physical barriers", House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat, said as the session began. She would, however, support other forms of barriers, new technology and agents for stronger border security.
Senators revisited a bipartisan $1.6 billion proposal for 65 miles of fencing in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas that passed a key committee past year. "How you describe that, how we work it out, I don't know". "Meanwhile, the number of undocumented immigrants crossing our border or attempting to cross remain not at alarming highs but at historic lows". "Intelligence... shall we go to that subject on the president?"
Drafts of the national emergency order have already been circulating among White House aides and lawyers.
Trump received another extensive briefing on Wednesday on border security, officials said, though he hasn't played a direct role in the talks playing out on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Shelby said physical barriers are needed "not from coast to coast, but strategically placed where traffic is highest". "To get to an agreement we've got to have all three in there".
With pressure mounting, Trump backtracked on his threat to keep the government shutdown until Democrats agreed to fund his border wall. Democrats won back the House in a midterm rout and prevailed over Trump in the shutdown battle.
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