Top members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees said they had an “agreement in principle” for all seven spending bills that expire this weekend. The deal includes $1.38 billion for steel slat fencing on the border in exchange for a 17 percent funding cut for ICE detention beds. Democrats fought for restricting bed space to force the administration to prioritize arrests.
So no emergency? The pact falls short of Trump’s $5.7 billion request for a wall, and while the president still could declare a state of emergency to shore up additional funding, such a move would face legal challenges.