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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives to meet with newly-sworn in U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) in his office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RC1F448D4C10

Deal on ‘Dreamers’ uncertain as lawmakers try to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON — A deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation remains distant. House GOP leaders are discussing plans for a bill temporarily keeping federal agencies open in hopes of avoiding an election-year shutdown this weekend.

The continuing firestorm over Trump’s incendiary remarks about countries in Africa is roiling partisan relations. The comments were reported by participants and others and denied by Trump. Either way, they’re complicating efforts to craft a bipartisan agreement protecting younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, plus toughening border security with steps including funds to start building Trump’s long-promised border wall.

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Federal agencies would begin closing if Congress can’t enact legislation temporarily financing government by midnight Friday.

House Republicans were meeting privately late Tuesday to discuss their plans.

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