"Since we're talking about $5 billion for border security, not $25 billion, we're probably going to have to scale things back", Graham said.
Rather than reach out for negotiations, the president has been holed up at the White House, tweeting.
"There may be a wall in some places. They need technological enhancements".
Costello, indeed, believes Democrats are dug in on the border wall - and unlikely to cave.
The plan is to pass two separate bills, one reopening eight departments - which have been closed since December 22 - through September 2019 and another temporarily reopening the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, two House Democratic aides said Monday. He quickly learned that even the most vulnerable senators from states Trump won in 2016, while favoring border security, did not want to spend the money on the wall.
In August 2015 during his presidential campaign, Trump made his expectations for the border explicitly clear, as he parried criticism from rival Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor.
While those officials and others jousted on the Sunday television news programs, there was no effort at direct talks between the warring parties.
While the president threatened on Friday to close the southern USA border with Mexico over the shutdown, the White House shifted their focus and placed the blame on Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi.
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Democrats formally take control of the House from Trump's fellow Republicans on Thursday after winning a majority of seats in November's mid-term congressional elections. "I wish it were not so", Alabama Sen. "If we blame each other, this could last a long, long time".
Trump has ordered an end to existing protection for the young immigrants, known as "Dreamers", and those seeking temporary refuge from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador, but federal courts have stopped those moves pending further appeals.
Neither did Trump make any mention of the new free trade agreement, known as the USMCA, which he only recently signed with the two neighbouring countries to replace NAFTA and which he has repeatedly praised as a huge boost for American commerce. Lawmakers will be given 24 hours notice if there's a breakthrough that would require a vote.If the standoff continues, all workers in the nine departments and dozens of agencies affected by the closure will miss their next paycheck on January 11.
President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to seal the US-Mexico border "entirely" if Congress does not approve billions of dollars in funding for a wall.
In one of the tweets on Monday, Trump reminded Democrats they have voted in favor of a border barrier twice before.
"I think the President's eventually going to win his court case regarding DACA and the President has put on the table several times relief for the DACA population".
The second bill would reopen and fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) only on a short-term basis.
The House is preparing to vote as soon as the new Congress convenes on Thursday, as one of the first acts after Democrats take control, according to an aide who was not authorised to discuss the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office could not provide any predictions about how the Senate would proceed on the legislation, but said that the Senate would not deliver anything to the President that he would not sign.