GOVERNMENT SHUT­DOWN THREAT RECEDES

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2The threat of a U.S. government shut­down this week­end ap­peared to re­cede af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump backed away from a de­mand that Congress in­clude fund­ing for his planned bor­der wall with Mex­ico in a spend­ing bill. In re­marks to con­ser­va­tive news me­dia out­lets that were con­firmed by the White House, Trump said on Mon­day he may wait un­til Repub­li­cans be­gin draft­ing the bud­get blueprint for the fis­cal year that starts on Oct. 1 to seek funds for the wall. Trump’s fel­low Repub­li­cans con­trol both cham­bers of Congress but the cur­rent fund­ing bill, which has to be passed by Fri­day night, will need 60 votes to clear the 100-mem­ber Sen­ate, where Repub­li­cans hold 52 seats and so will have to get some Demo­cratic sup­port. Demo­cratic lead­ers had said it would not get it if funds for the wall were in­cluded.

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