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Lawmakers Say They Have an Agreement to Avoid Another Shutdown

February 11, 2019 / Eric Katz

Congressional negotiators announced Monday evening they had agreed to the broad outlines of a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, saying they hoped to draft the measure and move it through both chambers quickly. The breakthrough came as the top appropriators in the House and Senate, Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Reps. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and Kay Granger, R-Texas, met several times throughout the night to resolve divisions over border security issues. A current stopgap bill that provided funding to the agencies that have yet to receive full-year appropriations is set to expire Friday evening.