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A key GOP senator trying to stop a 2nd shutdown says there's a '50-50' chance...

• https://www.businessinsider.com, Sinéad Baker

A lead Republican negotiator on the committee aiming to avoid another government shutdown said there is a "50-50" chance that an agreement to keep the government open would be reached before the deadline.

Sen. Richard Shelby, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told Fox News on Sunday that negotiations between the 17 Democrats and Republicans on the border conference committee had "stalled," and that there was a "50-50" chance they would reach an agreement.

"We're hoping we can get there," he said. "But we've got to get fluid again. We got to start movement."

President Donald Trump reopened the government for three weeks to end the record 35-day partial shutdown, but those funds are due to run out on Saturday, February 16, at 12:01 a.m.

Congress must bring an agreement to Trump's desk on Friday, February 15, to keep the government funded.

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