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Republican senators praise spending deal as path to Trump border request

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Richard Shelby said on Tuesday the spending deal reached to avert a partial government shutdown this week is a “down payment” on President Donald Trump’s border security requests.

Fellow Republican Senator John Thune called the agreement reached by a bipartisan committee of senators and members of the House of Representatives an “important breakthrough” that allows the Republican president to build a section of his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Reporting by Amanda Becker; writing by Doina Chiacu; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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