What you need to know about the shooting at the Capitol, a Capitol lockdown and more

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By JANET DYER, Associated PressThe shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and five other Capitol police officers during a protest on Capitol Hill on Friday has reopened a debate over the need to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

It’s a point of contention between the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress that has also revived the debate over President Donald Trump’s pledge to build the wall on the U., and to use military force if Mexico refuses to pay for it.

But while some conservatives have argued that building a wall on U.N. land would be an affront to the Constitution, other Republicans have said it would not be necessary if Mexico doesn’t pay for the wall.

It was unclear if any of the five people shot by police on Capitol grounds were armed, but the White House said all five were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The president’s remarks in a Rose Garden news conference Friday evening were met with applause and shouts of “USA!” and “We will defend our nation!” by the crowd.

The attack marked a sharp departure from the Obama administration’s position on the issue, which has been to try to make the wall as effective as possible by making the border fence permanent and to avoid allowing border crossing times to increase.

On Friday, the House and Senate passed a bill to temporarily keep the border fencing in place while negotiations on a new $1.6 trillion spending bill are underway in the House.

But it didn’t make it to the Senate floor.

The White House on Friday released a statement saying the House-passed bill “is still awaiting final passage by the Senate.”

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) hold a news conference at the White the Capitol after the House passed a short-term funding bill in Washington, U.D. on Wednesday.

Trump on Friday defended his use of a bullhorn at the press conference, saying, “They came through and they were in the chamber.”

“I had a press conference where I said we’re going to be building the wall and we’re not going to let the people in through the back door,” he said.

“And they came through, and they came in through that back door, and that’s what we need to do.”

Trump, who has said the wall will cost as much as $15 billion and will take years to complete, said he would make his decision about whether to build it on his own.

“It is going to cost a fortune,” he told reporters.

“And I don’t think it’s going to happen overnight.

I don, frankly, think it will be within the first five years of the president taking office.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R.-Okla.) said the bill would be very hard to pay back because of the cost of fencing and other obstacles to the border.

“I think we have to have a real sense of urgency to build that wall,” he added.

The Senate has passed a long-awaited spending bill that includes a measure to temporarily extend funding for the U, and is expected to pass the House next week.

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