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Congressional leaders to meet Monday, hope to jump-start stalled spending talks


Added 02-11-19 11:22:02am EST - “Four leading congressional negotiators are scheduled to meet Monday afternoon in hopes of jump-starting stalled talks over border security funding, as lawmakers race to avert another shutdown ahead of a Feb. 15 deadline.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Congressional leaders to meet Monday, hope to jump-start stalled spending talks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Four leading congressional negotiators are scheduled to meet Monday afternoon in hopes of jump-starting stalled talks over border security funding, as lawmakers race to avert another shutdown ahead of a Feb. 15 deadline.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, Rep. Kay Granger and Sen. Patrick Leahy are slated to meet amid an impasse over the number of Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) detention beds both sides want to include in a homeland security funding bill.

“We want more beds. They want fewer because they want more people to come into the United States of America,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday on “Fox and Friends.” “And everything else is on the table here, too.”

Ms. Granger is the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee and Mr. Leahy is the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

All four lawmakers are part of a 17-member committee trying to work out a deal on border security funding.

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