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Schumer Optimistic On Funding Deal, If Trump Stays Out Of Negotiations

J. Scott Applewhite
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives to speak to reporters asking about the threat of another government shutdown following their weekly strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington last week.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York says there is a bipartisan path to avoiding a shutdown this month, if President Trump stays out of the debate.

The current federal government is partially funded until February 15. If a spending agreement is not reached by then, it will trigger another shutdown.

Senator Schumer said he is working with the Republicans to keep it from happening.

“We worked out a plan a way to refund the government, deal with border security in a way that would be acceptable to all sides. That’s working pretty well. If the president stays out of it, then the Democrats and Republicans can get this done.”

The last federal shutdown went on for 35 days, and resulted in two missed paychecks for hundreds of thousands of federal worker, and delays to air travel.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.