Monday, February 11 2019

As Trump makes case for border wall, lawmakers reach deal to avoid shutdown

Written by Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — With another government shutdown deadline looming, President Donald Trump headed to the Texas border on Monday to argue his case that walls work as Democrats spurn his demands

for billions to build such a barrier.

Trump was bound for El Paso, aiming to reshape the debate around the wall following a damaging shutdown fight and with his signature 2016 campaign promise hanging in limbo. In a case of pointed political counterprogramming, Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman from Texas now mulling a presidential run, planned an evening El Paso march and rally against the wall with dozens of local civic, human rights and Hispanic groups.

The first dueling rallies of the 2020 election season were set to serve as a preview of a heated yearslong fight over the direction of the country. And they made clear that Trump’s long-promised border wall is sure to play an outsized role in the presidential race, as both sides use it to try to rally their supporters and highlight their contrasting approaches.

As Trump traveled to the site of his Monday rally, Democratic and Republican negotiators back in Washington announced that lawmakers had reached an agreement in principle to fund the government ahead of a midnight Friday deadline to avoid another shutdown. The emerging agreement was announced by a group of lawmakers, including Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill.

 

This article was sourced from Chicago Sun Times

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