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Government shutdown deal reached, Richard Shelby says

February 12, 2019

The Senate’s top spending negotiator said Monday night that Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement in principle on a new deal to avert a government shutdown.

Details were scarce, and text of the agreement wasn’t expected until later in the week, but Sen. Richard Shelby said they had settled the sticking points.

“We’ve had a good evening. We reached an agreement in principle between us,” said Mr. Shelby, Alabama Republican.

He and the others working on a deal went into a meeting at 8 p.m., just a day after talks broke down with a last-minute demand by Democrats to try to limit deportations by cutting funding for detention space at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mr. Shelby said the deal entails a homeland security spending bill, along with six other individual spending bills that fund departments like the IRS and NASA that fell victim to the recent 35-day partial shutdown.

He said the deal does not include disaster relief money to assist victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires.

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