Negotiators from both parties say they have a tentative deal to avoid a US government shutdown


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Congressional negotiators said they reached a tentative deal Monday to fund the government and avoid another shutdown.

As always, President Donald Trump will hold the fate of any potential border security agreement in his hands. The announcement came minutes before the president was set to make his case for his proposed border wall in El Paso on the western edge of Texas.

The top four congressional appropriators emerged from a meeting on border security funding Monday night and announced an agreement in principle to fund the government past a midnight Friday deadline.

If passed, the deal would avoid reopening fresh wounds of the 800,000 federal workers who missed two paychecks during a 35-day partial closure in December and January.

The measure’s passage depends on Trump’s support. Funding lapsed in December after the president threatened to veto any plan that did not include $5.7 billion to build his proposed border wall – and deterred GOP lawmakers from voting to keep the government open.

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