Negotiators poised to meet for shutdown talks

Key negotiators seeking to avoid a new partial government shutdown are poised to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday after talks derailed over the weekend.

A Senate aide confirmed that Sens. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig Shelby20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall Conservatives urge Trump to stick with Moore for Fed Poll: Roy Moore leading Alabama GOP field MORE (R-Ala.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDurbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release MORE (D-Vt.) and Reps. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyTrolling of Bill Barr shows how language is twisted to politics Barr says Mueller report will be released 'within a week' Live coverage: Barr faces House panel amid questions over Mueller report MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerGOP, Dems balk at latest Trump foreign aid cuts On The Money: Trump issues first veto, warning of 'reckless' resolution | US hits Russia with new sanctions | Dems renew push for contractor back pay | Lawmakers seek probe into undocumented workers at Trump businesses House Dems renew push for government contractor back pay MORE (R-Texas) will meet on Monday afternoon to try to break the stalemate.

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The meeting comes days ahead of Congress's Feb. 15 deadline to clinch a deal on President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much' Sarah Sanders addresses false statements detailed in Mueller report: 'A slip of the tongue' Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor MORE's U.S.-Mexico border wall and funding for roughly a quarter of the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security.

If they can't get a larger agreement by then, Congress would need to pass a continuing resolution to punt the border fight and prevent a second lapse in funding in as many months.

Lawmakers left Washington late last week relatively optimistic they would be able to get a deal by Friday, the date established by a three-week stopgap measure that Trump signed into law last month, ending the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

But talks remain stuck on two key issues: the amount of physical barrier funding and the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds to be funded.

Shelby, speaking Sunday, acknowledged that talks were stalemated and put the chances of getting a deal at 50-50.

“We're hoping we can get there. But we've got to get fluid again. We've got to start movement,” Shelby said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Without specifically mentioning Democrats, Shelby released a letter on Monday from sheriffs groups warning against capping the number of ICE detention beds.

Democrats acknowledged on Sunday that they had proposed a cap on the number of ICE detention beds, arguing it would force the Trump administration to focus on “serious criminals” and was in line with numbers from the Obama administration.

“The Trump Admin has been tearing communities apart with its cruel immigration policies. A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump Admin to prioritize deportation for criminals and people posing real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants contributing to our country,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardOvernight Defense: Dem chair rejects Pentagon request to use B for border wall | House fails to override Trump veto | Pelosi at AIPAC vows Israel won't be 'wedge issue' Coast Guard has still not recovered from shutdown, commandant says The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump unveils budget wish list with domestic cuts, defense hikes MORE (D-Calif.) said in a tweet.