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    According to media reports, lawmakers from Democratic and Republican parties have reached an agreement on the US border security funding that will avert another federal government shutdown.

    In particular, one of the congressional negotiators working on border security funding, US Republican Senator Richard Shelby said Monday that an "agreement in principle" had been reached, Reuters reported. However, Shelby did not provide an outline of the deal, saying that staff members will work out the details.

    Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the congressional negotiators, US Democratic Representative Nita Lowey said that staff members could work out full details of border security deal by Wednesday, according to Reuters.

    READ MORE: House Speaker Pelosi: 'There Will Not Be Another Shutdown'

    On Sunday, negotiations between congressional Republicans and Democrats broke down without reaching a deal to fund the government as lawmakers face a looming deadline. Failure to reach a compromise by Friday could trigger another government shutdown just a few weeks after the longest one in history ended.

    US lawmakers and Donald Trump temporarily re-opened the federal government for a three-week period until 15 February to negotiate a deal on border security. The main sticking point has been Democrats' refusal to agree to President Donald Trump’s request to include $5.7 billion in the budget to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

    Earlier on Monday, Trump said that congressional Democrats would be responsible for another federal government stalemate. The US president has repeatedly hinted at declaring a national emergency to address what he calls a crisis over crime caused by immigrant gangs, drug smuggling and human trafficking of would-be migrants.

    READ MORE: US Prepared to Prevent Latest Migrant Caravan From Illegal Entry — Nielsen

    Last week, a group of Democrats in the US Senate introduced a bill dubbed the RAIDER Act (Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-Appropriations) designed to prevent Trump from accessing emergency funds to build a wall along the US border with Mexico.

    According to the text of the legislation, the RAIDER Act would "prohibit the use of amounts appropriated for military construction or the army Corps of Engineers for the construction of barriers, land acquisition, or any other associated activities on the southern border without specific statutory authorization from Congress".

    The last shutdown of more than a month — from December — January — was the longest in the US history and affected more than 800,000 federal workers and contractors. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the US economy is expected to record around $3 billion in losses as a result of the recent partial shutdown.

    READ MORE: Any Border Security Legislation Will Not Include Trump's Wall Funding — Pelosi

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