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Democrats, Republicans appear close to deal to avoid another government shutdown

U.S. negotiators near deal on border security – reports
WATCH: U.S. negotiators near deal on border security - reports

Congressional bargainers seem close to clinching a border security agreement that would avert a new government shutdown.

Leaders of both parties are voicing optimism and the top GOP negotiator is saying he believes President Donald Trump would back the emerging accord.

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It could take days to nail down final details and unexpected problems could develop, especially with Trump’s penchant for head-snapping changes of mind.

But participants say a handshake could come any day on a spending package for physical barriers along the Southwest border and other security measures.

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An accord would end a confrontation that has dominated the opening weeks of divided government.

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Congress has until Feb. 15 to approve an agreement before the government runs out of money.

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