-Several members from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives said they would push the Trump administration on their demand for more money for border security and on their call for immediate construction of a wall on the Mexican border as Congress weighs a package of bills to help end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
One of the leaders of the effort, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, said that the Senate was looking at voting as early as next week on two measures that were passed overwhelmingly by the House late last week to end the shutdown: a short-term funding bill that would guarantee government funding through Feb. 8, and a larger, $5.7 billion bill that would put up new fencing along the southern border, as President Trump has requested.
Mr. Schumer said the second package would include $1.375 billion for border security, which was the amount in the current funding bill passed by the House. The border security measure would also include $800 million for additional detention beds. The short-term spending bill would extend funding until Feb. 8, the same as the other measure.
The two measures would be taken up by both houses next week.
The House package would also include $1.6 billion for “border security,” and a number of conservative Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have expressed interest in the approach.
Mr. Schumer called the proposal “a good step toward normalcy.”
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“Our long fight is over, but a battle is just beginning,” Mr. Schumer said.