US Congressional lawmakers reached a tentative agreement late on Monday, February 11th, to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the US-Mexico border, AP has reported.
Republicans were desperate to avoid another bruising shutdown. They settled for nearly $1.4 billion, a far lesser figure than Trump has demanded. But if accepted, the deal would avert another chaotic standoff in which Trump has threatened to cut budgets from swaths of government this Friday.
The agreement means 55 miles of new fencing, constructed through existing designs such as metal slats instead of a concrete wall, but far less than the 215 miles the White House demanded in December.
"With the government being shut down, the specter of another shutdown this close, what brought us back together I thought tonight was we didn't want that to happen" again, said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala.
No details were yet released, but the deal came in time to alleviate any threat of a second partial government shutdown this weekend.
"Our staffs are just working out the details," said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.
The pact also includes increases for new technologies such as advanced screening at border entry points, humanitarian aid, and additional customs officers.