Washington — Republican and Democratic members of Congress will open negotiations in search of a deal to fund the government and tackle border security, including the construction of a wall demanded by US President Donald Trump. The team of negotiators from the House of Representatives and the Senate have less than three weeks to come up with legislation to appropriate funds. The bill needs to be one that the president will accept before money runs out again on February 15 or the government faces the threat of another partial shutdown. Last week Trump agreed to temporarily reopen the federal government after a record-long 35-day shutdown even without the $5.7bn that he had demanded from Congress to build the wall. Trump has made the long-promised border wall a key campaign promise and pledged that Mexico would pay for it. He threatened to shut the government down again if Congress cannot come up with a satisfactory deal, or said he would turn to a national emergency declaration to g...

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