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President Donald Trump's Mexican border wall may be delayed as Republicans consider putting its funding on hold.
Axar.az reports that senator Roy Blunt said cash for the wall would be left out of a spending bill that must pass by 28 April to avert a partial government shutdown.
His remarks came on Tuesday after Mr Trump requested a supplemental funding bill to include money for the wall along with military programmes.
But Mr Blunt signalled Mr Trump's request could complicate negotiations.
"All of the committees, House and Senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalise the rest of the FY17 bill," said Mr Blunt, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and his party's leadership.
"My guess is that comes together better without the supplemental."
He added that the supplemental funding could be dealt with "at a later time".
Mr Trump had proposed $1.5bn (£1.2bn) for his wall through Congress as part of the spending bill, which funds federal agencies to the end of the current fiscal year.
But Democrats have threatened to block the bill if money for the controversial wall is included.
The government would shut down some federal agencies at midnight on 28 April if Congress is unable to pass the spending bill.
A "great, great wall" along the US-Mexican border was a cornerstone of Mr Trump's presidential campaign.
But the plan has faced resistance from both Democrats and Republicans, and has been estimated to cost as much as $21.6bn - more than the price tag the president cited as $12bn.
2017.03.29 / 20:14