We had the longest government shutdown ever……then we had the usual recriminations back and forth….then the Congress trid to come together for a deal to fund the government…..and now we may have a deal…….
Congressional negotiators announced an agreement late Monday to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the US-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks, the AP reports. Republicans were desperate to avoid another bruising shutdown. They tentatively agreed to far less money for President Trump’s border wall than the White House’s $5.7 billion wish list, settling for a figure of about $1.4 billion, according to a senior congressional aide. “We reached an agreement in principle,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, appearing with a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers who concurred.
Details won’t be officially released until Tuesday, but the pact came in time to alleviate any threat of a second government shutdown this weekend. Shelby had earlier pulled the plug on the talks over Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities, but Democrats yielded ground on that issue in a fresh round of talks on Monday. A House Democratic aide said Republicans had already agreed to funding cuts that would require ICE to ramp down the number of detention beds to a range of 34,000-38,500 by the end of the year. Asked if Trump would back the deal, Shelby said, “We believe from our dealings with them and the latitude they’ve given us, they will support it. We certainly hope so.”
All this good news depends on Trumpy Two Step…….he can pee on this parade at any minute on Twitter.
And the media waits to pounce!