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Doubts on border deal pile up, second shutdown looms

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Doubts on border deal pile up, second shutdown looms

Doubts on border deal pile up, second shutdown looms

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has yet to decide whether to support an agreement reached by congressional negotiators to avert another partial government shutdown that includes no funds for his promised U.S.-Mexican border wall.

Nathan Frandino reports.

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Doubts on border deal pile up, second shutdown looms

A new budget deal aimed at averting another partial government shutdown is only hours old and already the doubts are piling up.

The White House said on Tuesday President Donald Trump had not yet decided on whether to back the deal, which contains funds for U.S.-Mexico border security but not his signature promise of a border wall.

Trump ally Fox News host Sean Hannity did not hold back, calling the tentative bipartisan agreement a "garbage compromise." Representative Tom Graves, a Georgia Republican who is on the 17-member border panel, also expressed uncertainty, tweeting Tuesday that he hadn't seen the deal but that based on the reports, he has concerns and "lots of questions too." The tentative deal reached Monday night by the panel's four leaders would keep several government agencies, including Homeland Security, funded through September 30th.

Congressional sources say the agreement includes $1.37 billion for new fencing along 55 miles of the border.

It will also address immigrant detention beds - a recent sticking point in the talks with Democrats wanting a limit on the number of beds.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday gave the agreement his support.

Any final deal will need to pass the House and Senate and then be signed by Trump, with time running out before temporary funding expire at midnight on Friday.




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