U.S. congressional negotiators still face unresolved border security issues


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With time running down, congressional negotiators on U.S. border security funding have not settled the hot-button issues that confront them, but lawmakers expressed optimism on Monday that a deal could be struck before a Feb. 15 deadline.

“I think there’s a real effort by both Republicans and Democrats, both in the House and Senate to come together – more so than I’ve seen in a long time,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, one of 17 negotiators, and a senior Senate Appropriations Committee Democrat.

Republican Senator Richard Shelby, who chairs the appropriations panel and is also one of the negotiators, told reporters that border patrol experts would brief lawmakers soon.

“We are going to find out what they think … what do we need on the border,” adding: “We’re trying to create a dynamic to bring us together.”


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