Border security talks break down
WASHINGTON — Bipartisan talks to reach a border security agreement have stalled, lawmakers and aides said Sunday, imperiling efforts to prevent another government shutdown days before the Friday deadline.
Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a key figure in the negotiations, confirmed the impasse Sunday, saying he was “not confident we’re going to get there.”
“I’ll say 50-50 we get a deal,” Shelby said, speaking on “Fox News Sunday.” “The specter of a shutdown is always out there.”
The 17 House and Senate lawmakers who are negotiating, known as a conference committee, had set an informal deadline of Monday to reach a deal, because
Congress would need that much time to consider the legislation without waiving procedural rules and still pass it by Friday, when funding for