MISSOULA, Mont. — There is little information about a new border deal reached by a bipartisan committee to fund the government and keep it open, avoiding another shutdown.
The AP reports three people familiar with the secret deal shared some information.
They say the deal would appropriate $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers. The president is asking for $5.7 billion to build more than 200 miles of wall.
It would also call for vertical steel slats, not a solid wall.
Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines weighed in on the issue of border security with NBC Montana before the deal was announced.
“I think we have to do our job first, and if the president chooses to veto it, hopefully Leader McConnell will bring it back for a veto override. I want to get something that will pass the Senate handily and the House handily so the president has no choice but to sign it,” said Tester.
Tester is on the bipartisan conference committee that has been working on negotiations. Daines returned from a trip to the southern border Monday.
“Past presidents, Democrats and Republicans, have been able to get border security passed by Congress. It is time to stop the nonsense in Washington, D.C., and fund the border security package and, more specifically, fund the wall,” said Daines.
After the deal was announced NBC Montana asked our congressional delegation for reaction.
Rep. Greg Gianforte’s spokesman told us Gianforte wants to know more about the deal before commenting. Daines’ office had the same reaction.
Sen. Tester sent this statement: “Our bipartisan committee did its job and crafted a compromise that will help secure our borders and keep the government open. Montanans deserve that kind of certainty from their lawmakers, and I look forward to working with my colleagues over the coming days to shepherd this bill through the legislative process.”