President Donald Trump will address the nation from the Oval Office tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST regarding his demands for Congress to include $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall on the Southern U.S. border. Both sides remain far apart in negotiations to include the funding in a spending bill to end the partial government shutdown. According to reports, the negotiations between GOP and Democratic leadership are expected to continue Wednesday. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will be giving a rebuttal following Trump. Amid speculation that Trump might declare a national emergency in order to build the wall without Congressional approval, Vice President Mike Pence said that the president hasn’t decided that. “The president has made no decision with regard to a national emergency,” he said. The White House has said that there is a “humanitarian and national security crisis” on the border.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.