US border security deal reached to avert new US shutdown


International desk, Feb 12: Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown.U.S. Republican Senator Richard Shelby, one of the congressional negotiators working on border security funding, said late on Monday that an “agreement in principle” had been reached.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting of negotiators, Shelby did not give an outline of the deal but said staff members will work out the details.

Lawmakers told reporters the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill on Monday night.

Talks had previously stalled on the detention of undocumented immigrants and funding for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall.

A deal must be reached by Friday when funding will run out for some agencies.

Source: News Agencies