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The Wall Street Journal: Government-shutdown deadline looms with Congress still stymied

WASHINGTON—A firestorm ignited by President Donald Trump’s remarks last week has imperiled lawmakers’ ability to reach a deal on immigration and spending levels, according to congressional aides, as a possible government shutdown looms at week’s end.

Congressional aides say they are expecting a short-term deal funding the government for a few weeks to come to the table, but caution that is by no means guaranteed. Some said prospects for any deal had diminished because of controversial reported comments last week from President Trump in a meeting with lawmakers about his desire to stop immigration from “shithole countries.”

“Trump’s latest self-created outrage du jour makes it harder for us to get Democrats on board for anything,” said Doug Heye, a former top Republican congressional aide.

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