President Donald Trump reiterated his willingness Monday to allow the government to shut down this fall if he does not receive sufficient funding for border security.
Republicans, trying to protect their majority in Congress, are playing down the chance of a shutdown as the November election nears.
"Trump's border wall does nothing to promote San Diego's robust economy and our positive worldwide ties with Mexico", Democratic Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry said, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
Trump's comments come after he threatened on Twitter over the weekend to shut down the government if he does not receive for his campaign-promised wall from Congress.
McConnell later told a radio interviewer that a shutdown so close to the November 6 midterm elections won't happen.
Mr Ryan said after the meeting: "The president's willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so that we can get that done".
"Our countries have learned through hard experience that border security is national security - they are one in the same", Trump said. Trump wants changes to legal immigration, including scrapping a visa lottery program. Numerous children have been accused by immigration officials of belonging to MS-13 and other violent gangs, an activity Trump has used to justify his "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting immigrants caught entering the country without permission.
Matthew Albence, an executive associate director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the lawmakers that "the best way to describe" conditions at family detention centers was "like a summer camp".
Republican leaders believed they had secured Trump's patience last week when they huddled at the White House to discuss strategy ahead of the budget year that starts October 1.
Republicans plan to have the House pass these packages when it returns from recess September 4 and send them to Trump's desk. The Senate will stay in session for most of August, except for a weeklong break scheduled to begin Aug. 6.
Trump stuck to broad strokes as he warned he is willing to shut down the government if Congress does not take action, saying he would "always leave room for negotiation" and offering no specific funding threshold or legislative marker.
Nine of the 12 annual spending bills needed to keep the government running would be enacted before October 1, leaving funding for the departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Justice and the State department on autopilot until after the election.
He praised the government for meeting his strict deadlines, set in June, that forced agencies to scramble to reunite young children with parents by July 10, and the rest of the juveniles by this week. "Vote 'R, '" he said. Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), who chairs the committee that aims to elect Republicans to the House, expressed confidence that a shutdown won't occur on ABC's "This Week".
Congress must pass a spending bill by the end of September to avert a government shutdown, and Trump on Monday reiterated his demand that immigration reforms, including $25 billion for construction of a wall on US border with Mexico, be included in any spending package. Speaker Ryan went so far as to suggest that Trump would sign a short-term spending agreement even if it did not include money for security measures at the U.S. -Mexico border.