A key GOP senator trying to stop a 2nd shutdown says there’s a ’50-50′ chance the government will grind to a halt again at the end of the week

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A key Republican senator working to avoid another government shutdown said there is a “50-50” change that lawmakers will reach an agreement before the Friday, February 15 deadline.
A bipartisan committee needs to present a border security proposal to President Donald Trump before government funding runs out on Saturday, Feb 16, at 12:01 a.m.
The parties say they are at an impasse over whether there should be a cap on the number of detention beds that ICE has access to.
Both parties say they don’t want another shutdown, but Trump’s acting chief of staff said “you absolutely cannot” rule out another shutdown at the end of the week.

A lead Republican negotiator on the committee aiming to avoid another government shutdown said there is a “50-50” chance that an agreement to keep the government open would be reached before the deadline.

Sen. Richard Shelby, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told Fox News on Sunday that negotiations between the 17 Democrats and Republicans on the border conference committee had “stalled,” and that there was a “50-50” chance they would reach an agreement.

“We’re hoping we can get there,” he said. “But we’ve got to get fluid again. We got to start movement.”

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President Donald Trump reopened the government for three weeks to end the record 35-day partial shutdown, but those funds are due to run out on Saturday, February 16, at 12:01 a.m.

Congress must bring an agreement to Trump’s desk on Friday, February 15, to keep the government funded.

But in practice, reaching an agreement may be even more urgent than that.

Lawmakers face an unofficial deadline of Monday to reach an agreement so the legislation to keep funding the government could pass through both the House …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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