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Lawmakers say they have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ to avoid government shutdown
Key lawmakers said late Monday they had reached a tentative agreement over immigration rules and funding for border barriers, a deal that if signed by President Trump would avert another government shutdown set to start at week’s end.
White House officials did not have an immediate comment on the preliminary deal, which would fall far short of Trump’s demands for funding to build more than 200 miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. And while congressional negotiators said they were hopeful Trump would sign off on the deal, they said they had not been given assurances.
The breakthrough in Congress came after a slog of meetings between top negotiators in the House and Senate. The deal is still being vetted with their colleagues, but top lawmakers expressed optimism they had resolved major differences.
“The fact that it looked like there was going to be another shutdown imminently” brought renewed efforts on Monday, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) told reporters after announcing the deal.
Asked if the White House would support the agreement, Shelby said, “We think so. We hope so.”
The framework would provide $1.375 billion for barriers along the border, including 55 miles of new fencing, with certain restrictions on the location, according to a congressional official familiar with the agreement. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been made public.
In spite of what Trump might say, if there is another shutdown it’s on him. He owns it.
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