Negotiators in Congress say they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown.
The emerging agreement was announced by a group of lawmakers, including Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill.
The talks had cratered over the weekend because of Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities, but lawmakers apparently broke through that impasse Monday evening.
Now they will need the support of President Donald Trump, whose signature will be needed ahead of the deadline at midnight Friday.
Rep. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., speaks to reporters as he leaves a closed-door meeting at the Capitol as bipartisan House and Senate bargainers trying to negotiate border security
House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters trying to negotiate a border security compromise in hope of avoiding another government shutdown
If lawmakers don’t act, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed for a second time this year.
Trump spoke to reporters Monday at the White House at an event attended by local sheriffs. He says construction on a border barrier is already underway, but he says of Democrats: ‘We’re up against people who want to allow criminals in our society.’
Border security negotiations stalled over the weekend over Democratic demands to limit the number of migrants whom federal authorities can detain. The two sides also remain separated over how much to spend on Trump’s border wall.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has been meeting with other senior bipartisan House and Senate negotiators top try to negotiate a border security compromise in hope of avoiding another government shutdown
Republicans say Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions are a deal breaker, eclipsing the border wall issue for now.
Trump is holding a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night and says he’s going there ‘to keep our country safe.’
The rally took place just a few hundred yards from El Paso’s border fence.
Trump has repeatedly exaggerated the impact of El Paso’s fencing on the city’s crime rate, as well as statistics about crime committed by people who have entered the U.S. illegally.