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Lawmakers reach agreement 'in principle' to avert shutdown

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Nita Lowey, D-NY, worked on bi-partisan plan to stop shutdownLawmakers said on Monday night that they had reached an agreement "in principle" to avoid a second partial government shutdown said to begin on Saturday.

“We’ve had a good evening. We’ve reached an agreement in principle between us on the Homeland Security and the other six bills,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) told reporters.

Shelby announced the deal alongside Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Kay Granger (R-Texas)—the top members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committee.

The breakthrough came after the core four negotiators met three times on Monday night in a last-ditch effort to get a deal after talks appeared to unravel over the weekend with only days to prevent a partial government shutdown.

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