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New shutdown threat as US budget talks stall


WASHINGTON: US budget talks have hit any other deadlock over immigration, a key Republican negotiator mentioned on Sunday, elevating the chance of a second executive shutdown if no settlement is reached by means of this week's cut-off date.

"I think the talks are stalled right now," Richard Shelby, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, mentioned on Fox News Sunday.

The cut-off date for an settlement on investment to stay the federal government open is Friday, elevating the threat of a repeat of the 35-day partial shutdown that ended on January 25 — the longest in US historical past.

Negotiators had been positive Friday an settlement can be reached that comes with some budget for a border "barrier," even supposing lower than the $5.6 billion US President Donald Trump has demanded.

Shelby blamed Democrats for the newest snag, saying they wanted to cap the number of beds at immigration detention facilities.

"Time is ticking away but we got some problems with the Democrats dealing with ICE," he mentioned, regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Trump himself, who Monday hosts a rally of supporters on the Texas border at El Paso, mentioned Democratic negotiators have been being hamstrung by means of their party leadership.

"They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!," he tweeted.

He went on to signify Democrats have been ready to let talks cave in to distract from adverse headlines together with a racism scandal engulfing the party leadership in Virginia.

"I actually believe they want a Shutdown. They want a new subject!," Trump mentioned.

Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, expressed wary optimism that a central authority shutdown can be averted.


"We need to keep our eyes on this but I'm very hopeful, not positive, but very hopeful we can come to an agreement," he mentioned.


White House leader of staff Mick Mulvaney, in the meantime, mentioned a central authority shutdown is "still technically on the table."


"There's going to be a lot of different moving pieces so I'm not in a position to say the president will absolutely sign or will not sign," he mentioned.


Trump "cannot sign everything they put in front of him, if there will be some things that simply we couldn't agree to," he mentioned.


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