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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will provide a briefing to Republicans in the House of Representatives on the status of the spending bill talks on Tuesday, according to media reports.

    Pence will meet with Republicans at 5:30 p.m. EST [10:30 p.m. GMT] ahead of President Donald Trump's address on the matter, NBC News said on Monday after a closed-press briefing at the White House.

    Pence told reporters at the White House that Trump is still considering declaring national emergency over funding for a wall on the US border with Mexico, but he has not made a decision yet.

    The White House counsel office is examining whether the national emergency option is in accordance with the law, Pence added.

    Trump will also address the nation on the situation on the Southern border on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. EST [2:00 a.m. GMT] from the Oval Office.

    READ MORE: Only Reason Dems Do Not Want to Build a Wall is That Walls Work — Trump

    The US president has asked Congress to approve more than $ 5 billion for the border wall, but all Democrats have offered is $1.9 billion. The dispute over the borer wall led to a partial government shutdown.

    Trump said he could keep the government closed for months, even years, until the Democrats agree to compromise on funding for the border wall.


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