Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader said lawmakers are continuing to negotiate on a bill to keep the government funded and prevent a shutdown at the end of the week.
McConnell offered no news of progress in the talks but said the goal was to complete work “very soon”
“As we all know, bipartisan talks continued through the state work period on the way forward on government funding legislation,” he said from the Senate floor.
“Those discussions continue this week so we can complete our work on that issue very soon.”
The White House is pressing for money to be included in the bill that would begin paying for a wall on the Mexican border.
Democrats say they will oppose any bill with funding for the wall. Republicans will need Democratic support to get the spending bill to Trump’s desk.
A supplemental request sent to Congress earlier this year included roughly $1.5 billion for the project.
Lawmakers have until Friday night to pass legislation avoiding a shutdown.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused the administration of using the border wall to “hold the government hostage.”
“If the administration insists on funding for a wall in the bill, it will endanger the prospects of the bill passing and raise the prospects of a government shutdown because of a border wall we believe is a pointless waste of taxpayer money for several reasons,” he said from the Senate floor.
Schumer added that he thought the talks among congressional leadership were making progress before the White House became involved.
“The four-corner negotiations, that is, Leader McConnell, myself, Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi have been going very well until a monkey wrench was thrown into them,” he said, referring to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Republicans hold the White House and majorities in the House and Senate, raising the political danger for the GOP if there is a shutdown.