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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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"The budget deal is a down payment on the wall, provides funding for more immigration judges, and does not include a cap on detention beds for violence illegal immigrant offenders," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican. (Associated Press)

Congress passes $333B spending bill; Trump emergency declaration looms

Many lawmakers weren't sure what was in the massive spending agreement, but fear of another government shutdown greased the skids as Republicans and Democrats linked arms and voted to approve a bill to fund the government for the rest of fiscal year 2019. Published February 14, 2019

FILE - In this May 24, 2017 file photo, Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington. Budget negotiators will meet Monday to revive talks over border security issues that are central to legislation to prevent key parts of the government from shutting down on Saturday, but an air of pessimism remains after talks broke down over the weekend.  House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., countered by saying on the same show, "The numbers are all over the place."  "I think the big problem here is this has become pretty much an ego negotiation," Yarmuth added. "And this really isn't over substance."   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Democrats sell key spending deal to liberal members

Democrats built support Wednesday for the Homeland Security spending deal, looking to tamp down concerns over border wall money and arguing that another partial government shutdown would be the worst outcome. Published February 13, 2019

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, walks as he speaks with reporters as they work to pass a bill that would pay for President Donald Trump's border wall and avert a partial government shutdown, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Conservatives try to slow push to pass border wall deal

House conservatives on Wednesday demanded Congress slow the rush to approve the homeland security spending bill, and suggested passing a short-term bill to keep the government open while giving all sides more time to digest what's in the deal. Published February 13, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, joined by Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., center, and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., right, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the top Senate border security negotiator, speaks to reporters about the bipartisan compromise worked out last night to avert another government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans claim victory with border wall 'down payment' in spending deal

President Trump may not have been happy with it, but congressional Republicans said he actually made out pretty well in the new spending deal emerging on Capitol Hill, with at least a "down payment" on his border wall and expansive powers to detain immigrants caught living illegally in the U.S. interior. Published February 12, 2019

In this Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, photos, a line of migrants recently released by U.S. immigration authorities waits to check in at the Catholic Charities shelter in McAllen, Texas. The latest proposal President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans made to fund the border wall includes provisions that would be far more consequential than the wall, by making the already difficult task of winning asylum even harder. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

House Dems push restrictions of Trump asylum policies

Democrats are pushing for the package of spending bills Congress is writing to include language that would block the Trump administration from tightening the bar on those seeking asylum. Published February 8, 2019

Border Patrol agent Vincent Pirro walks near where the border wall ends that separates Tijuana, Mexico, left, from San Diego, right, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in San Diego. President Donald Trump is expected to speak about funding for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border during his State of the Union address Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

No mention of emergency declaration in Trump border wall pitch

Even as President Trump argued the case for his border wall Tuesday, one thing was missing -- the emergency declaration that would allow him to leapfrog over lawmakers and build the barrier even without Congress's approval. Published February 5, 2019

A box of 9mm bullets sits on display at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Engineer plans to offer 'legal' armor-penetrating 'cop-killer' bullets

An engineer says he is on the cusp of developing legal armor-penetrating ammunition that skirts a 1986 law intended to ban "cop-killer" bullets -- and that he plans to eventually turn over the plans to the public along the lines of what others have done with blueprints for 3D-printed firearms. Published February 5, 2019

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., talks with reporters as they work to pass a bill that would pay for President Donald Trump's border wall and avert a partial government shutdown, on Capitol Hill, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Republicans aim high with border security spending package

Republicans working on a new border security deal say they want to "go big" and aim for a universal deal that would solve not only the immediate shutdown threat but also a looming debt-limit fight and spending caps that are poised to bite in October. Published January 31, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., points to a reporter as he speaks to media after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Family Feud: Dems' border security plan takes fire from the left

An influential group of immigration activists lashed out at Democrats on Thursday, saying the party's new border security plan is still too cruel toward illegal immigrants and should instead focus on granting citizenship rights. Published January 31, 2019