Trump's concession on wall funding removes obstacle from spending talks

Trump's concession on wall funding removes obstacle from spending talksBy Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede on Tuesday after President Donald Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill. There was growing sentiment in Congress that they will need to opt for a short-term extension of current spending, possibly of one week’s duration, in order to finish up negotiations on the longer-term bill for funding through the end of September. “Yeah, it looks like it,” said Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Senate Appropriations Committee member, when asked by a reporter about the likelihood of a short-term extension.



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