Republicans and Democrats meet to avoid new government shutdown – live

8.38pm GMT

The first meeting of the conference committee for a longterm plan to fund border security and fund the government has ended after an hour. Government funding runs out on February 15.

Border conference committee meeting breaks up after about an hour of talking points.

8.21pm GMT

California Congressman Eric Swalwell says that he is close to a decision on a potential presidential bid. The Democrat is going to New Hampshire tomorrow.

Rep. Eric Swalwell to me about his thinking on 2020 at this point: “I’m close to making a decision. I’ll be in New Hampshire tomorrow so I’m excited for that.”

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Source: theguardian