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Negotiations over border wall funding break down ahead of shutdown deadline

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Monday, February 11, 2019 – 6:16am

The United States is facing another partial government shutdown at the end of this week, after negotiations aimed at extending government funding broke down over the weekend.

The main sticking points for the 17-person negotiating panel are funding for Donald Trump’s border wall, as well as funding increases for detention facilities and security personnel.

Lawmakers were “eyeing between $ 1.3 billion and $ 2 billion, far less than the $ 5.7 billion that the president demanded” for his border wall, The New York Times says.

According to the Washington Post, the “delicate negotiations collapsed over Democrats’ insistence on limiting the number of unauthorised immigrants who can be detained by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency”.

“The talks have stalled right now,” Richard Shelby, Republican chairman of the senate appropriations committee said. “I’m hoping we can get off the dime later today or in the morning, because time’s ticking away, but we’ve got some problems.”

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