'Preliminary agreement' reached to avert shutdown

'Preliminary agreement' reached to avert shutdown

 according to CNN.’ data-reactid=”22″>WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican lawmakers emerged from a series of meetings Monday night and announced they had reached a deal to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year and to avert another government shutdown, according to CNN.

Talks between four lawmakers — two senators and two members of the House — produced a preliminary agreement, with details to be announced Tuesday.

Shelby said, “We think so. We hope so.”’ data-reactid=”26″>The fate of the deal, however, will depend on agreement from the administration. Leahy and Shelby did not explain how they resolved the most thorny outstanding issues, including a dispute over the number of undocumented immigrants Immigration and Customs Enforcement can hold in detention. Asked whether the White House would support the deal, Shelby said, “We think so. We hope so.”

The first shutdown, which ended Jan. 25 after 35 days, the longest in history, centered around a dispute over how much money Congress would allocate for border security. But talks now are hung up over a disagreement over how many immigrants can be held at one time by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

tweeted Monday morning. “This is a brand new demand. Crazy!”’ data-reactid=”33″>“The Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens!” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “This is a brand new demand. Crazy!”

President Trump speaks at the White House Monday during a meeting with sheriffs from around the country. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Matthew Albence, ICE’s acting deputy director, told reporters on a conference call arranged Monday afternoon by the White House that if a cap on beds was implemented, the agency would “be forced to release criminal aliens that are currently sitting in our custody.”

“We’d be releasing gang members. We’ll be releasing individuals convicted of domestic violence and drug crimes,” Albence said.

Albence could not provide figures for how many people currently in detention were arrested in the interior of the country after committing violent crimes.

did not show up for work.’ data-reactid=”49″>A second shutdown would hit as the Internal Revenue Service is in the midst of processing income tax returns — and refunds. The IRS would not be funded during a shutdown, and so workers — whose annual salaries range from $25,800 to $51,000 — would not be paid. They would be expected to work without pay, but during the first shutdown many did not show up for work.

Trump’s approval rating took a hit during the shutdown. The FiveThirtyEight average of all public polling showed the president’s approval slip from just under 43 percent in late November to 39.3 percent by the end of the shutdown. His disapproval went from 51.7 percent in mid-December to 56 percent.

That may discourage the White House from forcing a second shutdown. Rather than make a stand on its demand for a $5.7 billion appropriation for a border wall, the administration is reportedly continuing to explore the option of declaring a national emergency to allow it to reallocate funds for border security.

Such a move by the president would provoke an immediate legal challenge, and even many congressional Republicans are wary of setting what could be a dangerous precedent.

“The president has very little legal ability to get this done,” said one Republican operative with ties to the White House.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., a member of the House Republican leadership, told Yahoo News that he does not think the president should pursue a wall through emergency powers.

A furloughed worker protests the partial government shutdown on Jan. 23. Protesters held up disposable plates instead of posters to avoid being arrested. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)‘ data-reactid=”68″>

A furloughed worker protests the partial government shutdown on Jan. 23. Protesters held up disposable plates instead of posters to avoid being arrested. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

“Never again,” Murkowski told the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents over 670,000 workers.

The AFGE’s president, J. David Cox, said he is planning to send members to protest at the offices of U.S. senators, and even possibly at the home of White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

“We know where Mr. Mulvaney lives, and we know what time he goes to work, and we’ll be right there as he comes out of his house, chasing him all the way to work,” Cox told reporters.

Trump was set to rally supporters in El Paso, Texas, Monday night, stoking the passions of his political base in a city he claimed last week, falsely, to be one of the most dangerous in the country until a border wall was built in 2008.

tweeted Sunday that his rally would be intended “to celebrate our community.”’ data-reactid=”78″>O’Rourke tweeted Sunday that his rally would be intended “to celebrate our community.”

“The country will be watching, and it falls on all of us to tell the true story about the border,” O’Rourke said.

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