US Congress moves to avert govt shutdown

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Members of Congress join bipartisan House and Senate leadership on the House steps to pay their respects, as the hearse carrying late U.S. Rep. John Dingell’s (D-MI) body makes a final trip across the House plaza at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Congress yesterday aimed to end a dispute over border security with legislation that would ignore President Donald Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to help build a wall on the US-Mexico border but avoid a partial government shutdown.

Late on Wednesday, negotiators put the finishing touches on legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September 30, the end of the fiscal year, along with a range of other federal agencies.

Racing against a Friday midnight deadline, when operating funds expire for the agencies that employ about 800,000 workers at the DHS, the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice and others, the Senate and House of Representatives aimed to pass the legislation later yesterday.

“This agreement denies funding for President Trump’s border wall and includes several key measures to make our immigration system more humane,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat, said .

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