Talks Underway To Avert Federal Shutdown

(AP) – Congressional negotiators say politically freighted talks on border security are back on track as they speed to avert a new federal shutdown this weekend.

The talks had cratered over the weekend because of Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities, but that impasse seems to be loosening.

A Friday midnight deadline is looming as negotiators strain to prevent a second partial government shutdown, for which there is virtually no support from lawmakers of either party.

If bargainers don’t reach an agreement and get President Trump’s signature by then, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed for a second time this year.

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