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House Democrats are preparing to send President Donald Trump a proposal to boost border security — but not build a wall — by spending more than the $5.7 billion he wants for the wall, according to a Democratic aide.



The amount is subject to change, according to the aide, who said Democrats may make a proposal in a letter to Trump later this week. In past proposals, Democrats’ concept of border security has included infrastructure, more immigration judges and aid to Central American countries.



“We are prepared to spend a very substantial sum of money” for border security, second-ranking House Democrat Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday without giving details on the planned letter.



On the other side of the Capitol, the Senate plans to vote Thursday on two rival proposals to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 33rd day. One is Trump’s plan that includes $5.7 billion for border wall funding; the other is a Democratic proposal to reopen shuttered agencies through Feb. 8 while both sides negotiate on how to better secure the border. Each proposal would require 60 votes to advance in the Senate, which the GOP controls 53-47.


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