With the president's national emergency declaration issued Friday morning, legal scholars argue that there's no time to lose.
The compromise prevents shutdown but ignites a new confrontation over the president's authority to unilaterally siphon money for his wall.
The spending measure is expected to include $1.4 billion for new barriers in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, among other border security measures.
Details are yet to be released, but the agreement is expected to provide $1.4 billion for new barriers along the southern border.
As the White House refuses to rule out another shutdown, negotiators clash over a new hurdle for a border security compromise in Congress.
There's a logical and useful discussion to have about immigration that is being opaqued by talk of a border wall.
The current stopgap funding measure for the federal government expires on Friday, Feb. 15
Negotiators predict an agreement could come as early as this weekend.
The Democrats' chosen challenger had to make sure each point counted and each hit landed.
Among the effects of a month-plus with no staff are damaged Joshua trees and elephant seals overtaking a Northern California beach.