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PoliticsNegotiators aiming to reach deal on Monday night to avert shutdown

02:50  12 february  2019
02:50  12 february  2019 Source:   thehill.com

White House says Trump undecided on deal to avert another shutdown

White House says Trump undecided on deal to avert another shutdown President Donald Trump has not yet decided whether to back a deal hammered out by congressional negotiators, the White House said on Tuesday.

Congressional negotiators say they’re close to reaching a deal to avert a shutdown , with Democrats acknowledging that a final compromise would include funding for border Congressional negotiators are nearing a deal on border security to avoid a government shutdown — if the president will accept it.

Negotiators have just over a week to reach a deal before federal funding runs out for the same nine departments that were shut down for 35 days. “I would say we’ve got a much better chance today than we had Monday to reach some kind of resolution on this,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman

Negotiators aiming to reach deal on Monday night to avert shutdown© Greg Nash Negotiators aiming to reach deal on Monday night to avert shutdown Lawmakers involved in the negotiations to prevent a second government shutdown say they are aiming to reach an agreement on Monday night.

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the top two members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said a core group of four lawmakers including themselves and Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Kay Granger (R-Texas) would reconvene at 8 p.m. with the aim of getting a deal to break the months-long stalemate.

"I think we both agree that we can wrap this up tonight, do it tonight, not go over until tomorrow," Leahy told reporters after a core group met for a second time on Monday night.

Negotiators see deal within sight in talks to avert shutdown

Negotiators see deal within sight in talks to avert shutdown Negotiators have just over a week to reach a deal before federal funding runs out for the same nine departments that were shut down for 35 days.

Negotiators in the US Congress reached a deal late on Sunday on around trillion in federal funding that would avert a government shutdown later this week, while handing President Trump a House and Senate appropriators worked into the night to draft the legislation for lawmakers to review.

Congressional negotiators say they’re close to reaching a deal to avert a shutdown , with Democrats acknowledging that a final compromise would include 15 to reach an agreement to stave off another shutdown , but lawmakers insist the practical deadline for any agreement is much earlier in the week.

Shelby added that the group was currently talking about "serious, serious stuff" and that the goal was to wrap up talks and get an "agreement in principle" on Monday night.

"We're talking about reaching an agreement on all of it," he said, adding that the odds have "improved but not crystallized."

Congress has until Friday to get a funding agreement to President Trump's desk if they are going to prevent the second partial shutdown in as many months.

In addition to funding roughly a quarter of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), lawmakers need to resolve the fight over funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Leahy and Shelby were tightlipped about what had occurred during the closed-door negotiations that made them think a deal could be reached later Monday night.

Trump intends to sign border deal to avoid another shutdown

Trump intends to sign border deal to avoid another shutdown President Donald Trump intends to sign the border security deal to avoid another partial government shutdown, according to two sources.

the weekend and are aiming to complete legislation Monday that would avert another government shutdown , according He said he believes a deal can be reached by Monday . House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a If Trump doesn’t agree to a deal reached by bipartisan negotiators

Border security talks between Republican and Democratic lawmakers seeking to avert another U.S Efforts to resolve an impasse over border security funding extended into the weekend as a special congressional negotiating panel aimed to reach a deal by Monday , lawmakers and aides said.

But Shelby indicated to reporters after the initial closed-door meeting on Monday that they had "reopened negotiations" and were no longer "stalled."

The sign of progress is a dramatic u-turn from even earlier Monday when both sides were saying talks had been stalemated because of a snag related to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds.

Shelby said on Fox News Sunday that talks had stalemated and put the chances of getting a deal at 50-50.

Democrats have proposed a cap on the number of ICE detention beds, arguing it would force the Trump administration to focus on "serious criminals," and that numbers were in line with those from the Obama administration.

An opening offer from Democrats late last month included funding for an average daily population of 35,520 detainees, but statutorily limited the average daily population in detention centers to 16,500 between the date of a possible deal's enactment and the end of fiscal year 2019.

But Republicans lashed out at the demand on Monday, arguing House Democrats were threatening the chances of reaching an agreement.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused House Democrats of bending to the "radical fringe" and dropping a "poison pill" into the negotiations.

"This is a poison pill that no administration, not this one, not the previous one, should ever accept," McConnell said from the Senate floor. "Imagine the absurdity of this: House Democrats want to set a limit on how many criminal aliens our government can detain."

-- Updated at 7:14 p.m.

Border negotiators avoid haggling over wall.
Lawmakers are eager to see how Trump addresses the impasse in his State of the Union address. Negotiators are also scheduled to receive a classified briefing on Wednesday about the border wall that will drive the discussion about whether Democrats will agree to more fencing than the $1.3 billion under current funding levels. Trump has dismissed the conference negotiations as “a waste of time” and hinted he will go around Congress and try to build his wall by declaring a national emergency to free up the funds.

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