On Sunday, negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to stop another government shutdown stalled. A congressional aide told NPR that the talks failed because the two parties could not agree on the number of detention beds that will be funded through the agreement. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, who was a key figure in the negotiations, stated that there is a 50-50 chance that an agreement can be made.
“I’ll say 50-50 we get a deal,” Shelby told Fox News. “The specter of a shutdown is always out there.”
Shelby later said, “The bottom line is we’ve got people who aren’t bomb-throwers, they know how to work together and get a deal. I’m not positive we’ll end up with a deal, but with this group of people and the folks from the House, I think we’re going to end up with something that deals with detention beds, with barriers, with technology – with the challenges we have on the southern border, in a common-sense way.”
If the two parties fail to reach an agreement by Friday, the government will yet again shut down. The previous government shutdown lasted for 5 weeks. The shutdown hurt the economy and left 380,000 workers without pay.