Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal in Principle to Avoid Shutdown: Report

Lawmakers in Washington have nearly worked out a deal over border security and government funding that would avoid a government shutdown, according to a published report Monday.

“We reached an agreement in principle,” Sen. Richard Shelby, R – Ala., said, according to a Politico report.

Negotiations were set to continue Monday evening in an effort to avoid a repeat of the 35-day government shutdown that began in December when Republicans still controlled both houses of Congress.

President Trump temporarily backed down on his demands for funding for his so-called border wall at the end of January, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said he couldn’t give his State of the Union address until the government reopened.

With another funding deadline looming at the end of this week, Congressional negotiators have been under pressure to get a deal done.