Sen. Hoeven says budget deal will have to include border barrier

WASHINGTON (GRAY DC) -- The deadline for Congress to come to an agreement on the budget is fast approaching, and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) is optimistic a deal will be made.

"Well we are hopeful we will get to a funding agreement and we can get it to the floor for consideration first part of the week. So we can have it voted and done by the end of the week," Sen. Hoeven said.

Hoeven is one of the bipartisan conference committee members tasked with finding a budget solution that will keep both sides happy and keep the government open.

And according to Hoeven, if a deal is made, it will have to include funding for a border barrier.

"In order for it to pass and be signed by the president, funding for a border barrier, wall, fence, however you want to phrase it, it’s going to have to be in there. And that’s why I say we’ve done a lot of work to try and get an agreement on both sides of the aisle," he said.

The committee brought in Customs and Border Patrol officials and others on the "front lines" to hear what they think is needed at the border, Hoeven said.

If a budget deal is not reached by February 15, just three weeks after the government was reopened, the government will shut down again.