House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey said Tuesday she’s “cautiously optimistic” that a tentative deal announced Monday can get support from people on both sides of the aisle who want to keep the government open.
“This is a compromise,” the New York Democrat told CNN’s ‘”New Day.” “No one got everything they wanted. It does secure the border and does represent our values.”
The deal includes $1.37 billion for new fencing along the southern border, far less than what President Donald Trump has been demanding. Lowey stressed the money is for fencing or new barricades, but not a wall.
“This bill was negotiated by Republicans and Democrats, senators and members of Congress,” said Lowey. “We tried to put together a bill again that represents our vows, Democrats and Republicans, and does the job in securing our border.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also supports the bill, said Lowey, noting she’d discussed the plan with her.
However, when asked if there was any sign that Trump will sign the bill, Lowey said she listens to her colleagues, not the “signals from above.”
“We have to protect our border, we have to make sure we maintain our values and we have to get bipartisan support to get this passed,” said Lowey. “As of last night, where we were supposed to keep all the details quiet until they were worked out. Remember, in a bill like this, it is thick, there are a lot of details. We were not going to release them.”