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US Supreme Court turns away challenge to Trump's border wall

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The stopgap measure would keep the government funded through December 21, two weeks after a Friday deadline when funding for a portion of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, is set to expire.

Trump noted in a tweet on Tuesday that a wall on America's southern border will pay for itself within two months.

Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday that challenged construction of the Trump administration's planned border wall, on environmental grounds.

Congressional leaders unveiled a bill on Monday that would extend government funding for two weeks beyond Friday's deadline.

USA border force agents reported that people were attempting to breach the fence separating the United States and Mexico, and they were forced to fire upon the crowd to stop people entering the U.S. illegally.

"The overwhelming number of members of Congress - all of the leadership, Republican and Democratic leadership - have said shutting down the government is not something they want to do", Mr. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said on MSNBC.

Trump's plans to build a wall at the US-Mexico border were well publicised throughout his presidential election campaign.

Most legislation requires 60 votes on the Senate floor, meaning Republicans - who now hold a narrow two-seat majority - will need Democrats to help pass any spending bills.

The GOP-led House has not yet approved a Homeland Security funding bill.

While Trump has pushed Democrats to build the wall, Schumer and Pelosi face growing pressure from the party's liberal wing to block it.

Trump said he's likely to sign the short-term CR into law, which would prevent a partial shutdown of operations at the nine Cabinet departments and dozens of smaller agencies still without full-year appropriations.

The Post, citing a former administration official, said that the Bush family contacted the White House this past summer to make it clear that the President would be welcome at the funeral and, according to the paper, to "assure him that the focus would be on Bush's life rather than their disagreements".

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, said, "We need all hands on deck to oppose frivolous border wall spending proposals".

Besides the funding bill, Congress is considering a sweeping criminal justice package with sentencing reforms, a farm bill that's a top priority of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other items before they adjourn for the year.

"The $1.6 billion ... the language is broader than just a wall, so I think that that could probably be agreed upon, which was a figure in the Senate bill", Hoyer said.