Bruising border wall battle nears serene conclusion

National News

February 14, 2019 - 11:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to resolve its clattering brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion as lawmakers prepare to pass a border security compromise providing a mere sliver of the billions he’s demanded for a wall with Mexico and averting a rekindled government shutdown this weekend.

With Trump’s halfhearted signature widely expected but hardly guaranteed, congressional leaders planned votes today on the sweeping package. Passage first by the Republican-led Senate, then the Democratic-controlled House, was virtually certain, with sizable numbers of both parties’ members set to vote “yes.” Bargainers formally completed the accord moments before midnight Wednesday.

“I’m sure it’s going to pass. I don’t know of any drama,” said House Democrats’ chief vote-counter, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.

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