Congress Just Wants to Be Left Alone

Government Executive: The group of bipartisan lawmakers tasked with reaching a deal on border security has only just begun its work. But as President Donald Trump’s border-wall demands hang over the deliberations like a storm cloud, members seem to have agreed on one fundamental principle: They’d like to be left alone.

Asked by reporters on Wednesday whether he would prefer that Trump not get involved in the negotiations, the Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said, “If our respective caucuses would task us, Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, to get this done … I bet we’d do it by tomorrow night.”

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