Republicans openly push for Trump to sign deal averting shutdown

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he doesn’t know if President Donald Trump will sign the border security deal that would avert a partial government shutdown at the end of this week, but the Kentucky Republican and other lawmakers from both parties are urging the President to agree to it.

“I hope he’ll decide to sign it,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday. “We’re all quite interested in that as you can imagine.”

CNN asked McConnell if he has gotten any assurances from Trump that he’ll get behind the deal, which does not include the more than $5 billion the President has demanded for a border wall, and McConnell said he has not but wanted Trump to wait until all the details were on paper.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby said he would be speaking to Trump later Tuesday about the agreement.
“We believe that the caucus will support this,” the Alabama Republican said. “I believe that the House will support this. I hope the President will support it.”

Shelby, who has been one of the principle negotiators and who announced the agreement Monday night, defended the deal that was struck, pointing to the 55 “new miles” of border barriers in the agreement.

“The President’s people were all aware and involved with us,” he said. “Any legislative solution is not perfect. It’s not perfect, even from my standpoint.”

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