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Lawmakers Set Tentative Deal to Avoid Another Government Shutdown

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Senate and House lawmakers said they have reached a tentative deal preventing another government shutdown on Friday night, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Representatives from both chambers made the agreement after Democrats dropped some demands to limit immigrant detention. The lawmakers also settled and are denying full funding for President Trump’s proposed walls along the U.S.-Mexico border. The proposed deal would provide $1.3B for 55 miles of fences along the border, lower than Trump’s $5.7B demand for more than 200 miles of walls.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led Republicans in the negotiations and said he hopes President Trump supports the proposal. However, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the deal doesn't address some serious threats.

“This does not represent a fraction of what the president has promised the American people,” he said. “I don’t speak for the president but I can’t imagine he will be applauding something so lacking.”

The bill would fund all government operations through September.

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