US lawmakers reach tentative deal to avoid government shutdown

Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown.

The agreement contains only a fraction of the money President Donald Trump wants for his promised border wall and does not mention a concrete barrier. The deal still needs to be approved by Congress and signed by the president. Speaking later, President Trump did not say whether he would back it. The Democrats - who now control the House of Representatives - have refused to approve 5.7 billion USD for Trump's wall on the border with Mexico, one of his key campaign pledges. Lawmakers expressed optimism that a bill would be approved by Friday when funding runs out for some federal agencies. The previous shutdown - the longest in US history - lasted 35 days and cost the US economy 11 billion USD.

Source: VOV5