Sen. John Kennedy to wants to study border security bill deal before voting on it

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - President Donald Trump might be close to getting some money for his border wall.

"Regardless of what I do, you know, we already have as you know, a lot of money where we're building existing wall with existing funds. But I have a lot of options," the president said earlier this week.

Democrats are calling on the president to sign a bi-partisan bill that could prevent another government shutdown and possibly give the president a down payment for his border wall.

Louisiana U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R) said Wednesday he wants to study the deal before he can vote on it.

"Now, I'm not saying I don't trust my colleagues on the conference, but I play poker with friends but I still cut the cards," Kennedy said.

The president wanted a $5.7 billion for the border wall. This compromise gives him about a quarter of it, which is nearly $1.4 billion for fencing (55 miles of it in the Rio Grande Valley).

"The agreement would actually increase the number of detention beds," Kennedy said.

Kennedy also said he's also waiting to hear from the president to avoid having to go back to the drawing table. He said the president has options, including finding ways to access another $600 million.

"He (the president) has in the past, been given money that can be used on border security including but not limited to a wall, that hasn't been spent yet," Kennedy said.

He said the president can also pass this bill and still declare a state of emergency, but doesn't think that will happen.

"It's not my preferred choice, but it may be our only option," Kennedy said.

Lawmakers could vote on the spending bill as early as Thursday.