The latest GOP proposal to fund the government excludes money for a border wall or a "deportation force," according to legislative aides familiar with the deal.
According to a senior Democratic aide, the latest offer from the GOP "doesn't include any money for a wall."
The offer follows signals from the Trump administration on Monday that it would not insist the spending bill include money to pay for the wall on the southern border, even though it was the signature campaign promise by President Trump.
Democrats were staunchly opposed to including wall funding and were threatening to block the spending bill, which must pass by an April 28 deadline in order to keep the government fully funded and operating.
GOP lawmakers said earlier Tuesday the deal is likely to include money for border security measures considered more palatable for Democrats, such as technology, border patrol officers and possibly fencing and wall completion in areas where a wall was already approved by Congress.
"It's fencing, it's a wall, where it works, it's people and technology," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said. "I think you are going to see both in there, as part of a compromise."
But Democrats who have seen the deal said it excluded paying for any part of the wall or border security personnel who would be used to increase deportations.
Congress will likely have to pass a multi-day spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown as Democrats and Republicans close in on a $1 trillion, five-month government funding deal, lawmakers said Tuesday.
The stopgap deal would last just a few days, lawmakers said.
"I hope it's no longer," Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said as she left the weekly GOP Senate luncheon.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters the White House and congressional leaders are still negotiating a long-term funding deal that will finance the federal government until the end of the fiscal year, which is Sept. 30.
"Hopefully we will reach that agreement sometime in the next couple of days," McConnell, R-Ky., said.
McConnell would not confirm the need for a multi-day emergency extension, but several GOP lawmakers in addition to Murkowski told the Washington Examiner one was likely because time is running out.
A stopgap bill expires on Friday.
Talks have eased now that President Trump has signaled he is backing off a requirement that the bill includes full funding for the completion of a southern border wall.
Lawmakers are also negotiating whether to include Obamacare subsidies in the spending bill.
The talks involve trading off border security money in exchange for including the subsidies.
Many House Republicans are likely to oppose the subsidies, which pay for health insurance coverage of those at or near the poverty line. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a GOP leader predicted the subsidies would not be included.
"My guess is it doesn't end up being addressed in this bill," Thune said. "But, discussions are ongoing."
Democrats are insisting on the Obamacare funds and some Senate Republicans also support continuing subsidies, arguing that it fulfills the GOP promise of transitioning away from Obamacare without leaving in the lurch the people who are now insured under the law.
"There should be negotiations but I think we need to ensure Americans keep their coverage," Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., a medical doctor, said Tuesday. "Congress should appropriate it."