Top U.S. congressional negotiators to meet Monday on border security-aide

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The personalized gavel of House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), serving as the Chairwoman of a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, is seen at the start of their first public negotiating session over the U.S. federal government shutdown and border security on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top four Democratic and Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on border security funding were scheduled to meet later on Monday in an attempt to reach a deal that would avert another government shutdown by a Friday deadline.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Nita Lowey, a Democrat, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, a Republican, and two other senior lawmakers will attend the meeting, according to a congressional aide. Negotiations broke down over the weekend over funding for immigrant detention beds and physical barriers that would be funded along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Reporting by Richar Cowan an dLisa Lambert; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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