Lawmakers Reach ‘Agreement in Principle’ to Fund Border Security, Avoid Shutdown

Congressional negotiators said Monday night they had reached an “agreement in principle” to prevent another partial government shutdown that would further fund border security but would include no money for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

The deal would match 2018’s funding level for what officials described as new border fencing that could include steel slats and other “existing technologies” but would not be a concrete wall. It would also provide an additional $1.7 billion for other Homeland Security priorities like new technology and more customs officers, multiple sources told NBC News.

Senate and House negotiators from both parties who emerged from an evening meeting would not comment on the details of the deal because they said staff was still working on last-minute logistics.

“We reached an agreement in principle,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters. “Our staffs are going to be working feverishly to be putting all the details together, and that’s all we can tell you now.”

The agreement came in a third round of talks on Capitol Hill on Monday following a weekend of stalled negotiations, and came just ahead of a “Make America Great Again” that Trump was held in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night.

The White House didn’t comment on the agreement and Trump said at the rally, “We probably have some good news but who knows.”

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SOURCE: Rebecca Shabad, Frank Thorp V, Alex Moe and Marianna Sotomayor
NBC News