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Congressional Negotiators Say They've Agreed on Border Bill

Negotiators in Congress say they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown. Negotiators in Congress say they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown. |  Photo: ABC News

Updated: February 11, 2019 09:49 PM

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.

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According to ABC News, the top four negotiators leading the charge on the border security talks appeared to be on board in making the announcement.

Their agreement addresses the border wall, detention beds, and other major issues. But they would not release any other details, ABC News reports. 

Asked if the White House supports the agreement, Sen. Shelby told us: "We think so, we hope so."
  
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.
    
If lawmakers don't act, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed for a second time this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 

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