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Likely deal would give Trump fraction of desired wall money

Congressional bargainers are working toward a border security deal amid indications that the White House is preparing to accept a bipartisan agreement that would give President Donald Trump a fraction of the money he’s demanded for his proposed southern border wall.

Participants said they expect money for physical barriers to end up well below the $5.7 billion that Trump has sought to begin construction of the wall, which has attained iconic significance for him and his conservative supporters. The amount seems sure to fall much closer to $1.6 billion, the participants said, a figure that was in a bipartisan Senate bill last year.

An agreement would also avert a new partial federal shutdown next weekend.

From left, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the top Republican on the bipartisan group bargainers working to craft a border security compromise in hope of avoiding another government shutdown, speak with reporters after a briefing with officials about the US-Mexico border, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
From left, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the top Republican on the bipartisan group bargainers working to craft a border security compromise in hope of avoiding another government shutdown, speak with reporters after a briefing with officials about the US-Mexico border, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this Feb. 6, 2019, photo House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., head of the bipartisan group of House and Senate bargainers trying to negotiate a border security compromise in hope of avoiding another government shutdown, walks with reporters to a Democratic Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this Feb. 6, 2019, photo House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., head of the bipartisan group of House and Senate bargainers trying to negotiate a border security compromise in hope of avoiding another government shutdown, walks with reporters to a Democratic Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed optimism on border security funding, telling reporters,
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed optimism on border security funding, telling reporters, “I’m hopeful next week we can get this all solved and continue to move forward on our next challenges. (Feb. 8)