Congress Planning To Vote Thursday On Border Deal To Avert Gov’t Shutdown

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 25: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with reporters outside the Senate chamber about a continuing resolution to re-open the government on Friday, January 25, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Both chambers of Congress plan to vote on a border deal that will avert a partial government shutdown on Thursday.

The planned vote would get the legislation to President Trump’s desk before the funding for the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies expires on Saturday.

The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation first, and then the House.

The deal — which provides $1.375 billion in border wall funding, well below the $5.7 billion Trump was demanding — was unveiled by a bipartisan, bicameral group of negotiators on Monday. The legislation text itself was only made public Wednesday evening.

Trump has not made a firm commitment to signing the bill. But his allies in Congress expect that he will sign it as long as the legislative text lives up to how the Republican negotiators were describing the agreement earlier in the week.

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