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Congress mulls outlawing shutdowns as negotiations kick off to avoid another

Jan 30, 2019 - Chicago Sun-Times

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 17 House and Senate lawmakers, including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is kicking off negotiations Wednesday on a border security deal with a Feb. 15 deadline looming to avoid another partial government shutdown.

These veteran appropriators have the know-how to forge difficult agreements. The wild card - no surprise, right - is whether President Donald Trump will accept the deal if it does not include $5.7 billion for his border wall, the one Mexico was sup...