The U.S. president will likely have to make some concessions to avoid a shutdown and avoid the political fallout of a border wall, but a bill to fund the construction of the wall has passed the House and is expected to be signed into law.
The measure, which includes funding for the construction, and includes a provision that requires the president to notify Congress in writing of any new funding, was sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Tom McClintock, R of California.
The House passed the bill with a 230-188 vote on Thursday.
The bill is scheduled for a vote by the Senate next week.
“The House is taking action to fund our border wall and we are also making a number of other commonsense reforms to the nation’s immigration system to prevent the kind of massive immigration reform we’ve seen over the last decade,” Meadows said in a statement.
McClinton called the legislation a “good first step in ensuring that the border wall is built and funded, and that we’re building the wall that will keep Americans safe.”
A wall, if it is built, will likely be built by 2020, according to the Hill.
The border wall has become a political flashpoint in the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by President Donald Trump, with Democrats accusing Trump of being too slow to build a wall and Republicans saying that Trump was too willing to pay for it.
“Democrats have been talking for months about the need for a wall on the border and they’ve been pushing for it for years,” Meadows told CNN’s Erin Burnett in January.
“They’ve been talking about a wall for decades, and I think we have to get on with building the border, and the president is getting on with it.”
The border is expected again to be a hot-button issue in the presidential campaign in the fall.
Trump has been criticized for not building a wall, and has repeatedly insisted he will pay for the wall.
Democrats say the border is a public health crisis and a national security threat.
Meadows said that the issue will be on the ballot next year, and will be addressed at the November ballot.
“We will be talking about this on November 8th, and it will be an issue that we’ll be talking to the American people about, and we’re going to be talking and talking about it with the American public and the American voters,” Meadows added.
The Democratic-controlled House passed a border security package last year.