Several GOP Senators are crafting a “mega-deal” on immigration, one that would link many immigration issues to craft a compromise with Democrats on funding the wall. The Daily Caller reports:
A group of Republican senators gathered in Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office Wednesday afternoon to discuss an immigration deal to end the 19 day shutdown.
In the meeting there were reportedly five Republican senators, including Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, Susan Collins of Maine, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Graham of South Carolina. Graham called the group together to figure out a “reasonable compromise” regarding funding a border wall and reopening the government, according to Portman.
“He’s trying to do the same thing that all of us are trying to do, which is find a reasonable compromise on moving forward to securing the border and getting government reopened,” Portman said about Graham to Politico. “We’re still just talking,” he continued.
This comes as House Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday that offers to pay federal employees who work during the government shutdown. Five Republican lawmakers introduced legislation that would require federal workers be paid during the partial shutdown.
Short of making Democrats cave, this could be the next best thing. However, such a deal would have to be examined before passing final judgment on it.