Congressional Republicans have privately proposed a funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, a Congressional source told CNN on Tuesday, a sign congressional Republicans are willing to buck the President to avoid a government shutdown. Congressional Republicans have fought the payments in court, and Trump has threatened to eliminate them in a bid to bring Democrats to the table for health care negotiations.
If Congress can not agree to either a stopgap funding bill or a longer-term one by midnight Friday, federal agencies will run out of money and most likely have to abruptly lay off hundreds of thousands of federal workers until an appropriations bill is enacted.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Republican negotiators were following the lead of Mr Trump, who signalled on Monday evening that he would not insist on $1 billion (£800 million) of wall funding now as an addition to the $1 trillion-plus spending bill.
"We're getting really close", Ryan, a Republican, said, adding that negotiators were "getting down to the last, final" areas of disagreement.
Of Trump, he said: "We're pleased he's backing off" the request for border wall funding. Democratic lawmakers vowed to block any spending bill that included funding for the wall.
If no spending measure covering April 29 to Sept 30 is in place before 12:01am on Saturday, government funds will halt and hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be temporarily laid off.
Ryan spoke to reporters after leaders briefed rank-and-file Republicans on details of changes to the legislation aimed at breathing life back into one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities.
One of the biggest desires of Democrats was to include funding for a key part of Obamacare, called cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, into the new continuing resolution. "Our friends on the other side of the aisle sent me a letter asking for this bill to reject poison pill riders".
"This bill I think is a piece of crap", Graham said.
Over recess, the administration took a harder line on the shutdown deadline, saying funding for the wall is a "must", and Trump tweeted that Obamacare is in "serious trouble".
Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Still, roughly half of Republicans (51 percent) said it wasn't worth a shutdown. But he will lose an opportunity to display serious progress on accomplishing his agenda since taking office on January 20.
Trump also has not completely dropped the wall from his agenda.
Republican senator Jeff Flake, who represents the border state of Arizona, told reporters on Tuesday there was a need for a wall in some border locations and alternative deterrents in others.
"I'm disappointed that it doesn't go quicker", Trump said of his interactions with Congress, in an interview airing Friday on Fox News Channel.
In a campaign document Trump promised a law within his first 100 days that "fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall". Trump's apparent flexibility on the U.S. -Mexico wall issue, however, seemed to steer the Capitol Hill talks on the catchall spending measure in a positive direction.
Experts and lawmakers of both parties have long dismissed the notion of a physical wall along the 2,000-mile border as unnecessary, impractical and excessively expensive, especially on portions of the border that run through the Rio Grande or sovereign Indian land.