Agreement on spending bill averts US govt shutdown

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Bipartisan congressional negotiators reached a critical agreement late Sunday on a massive spending bill that if approved by the House and Senate would fund the government through the end of September.

The House and Senate have come to an agreement on a larger omnibus spending bill which will fund the government through September. He called it a "budget deal that's a bipartisan win for the American people".

If the legislation is enacted by week's end, Congress would then have to begin focusing on a series of bills to fund the government at the start of the next fiscal year. Trump's request for additional immigration agents was denied and the IRS budget would be frozen at $11.6 billion. Democrats flexed their leverage in spending negotiations, refused to support any bill that included wall funding.

Instead, congressional negotiators settled on $1.5 billion more for border security, including more money for new technology and repairing existing infrastructure, the aide said. However, the administration has praised the agreement's increase in defense and security spending, even if that spending can not be used for the border wall. The spending bill also gives additional funding to combat opioid abuse and for summer school Pell Grants.

The deal also includes steady or slight increases in funding for agencies within the Department of Energy, such the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which would get a $17 million increase, and the Office of Science, which would get a boost of $42 million compared to fiscal 2016 funding levels, the aide said. However, it does not allow the money to be spent on building Trump's multi-billion dollar wall along the Mexico border, reports CNN. It's a huge blow for the Republicans, who control the House, Senate, and White House.

GOP leaders decided against trying to use the must-do spending bill to "defund" Planned Parenthood. They appear to have gotten their way. This is a win for Republicans, though Trump had requested $30 billion in additional military funding in his budget blueprint.

Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., boasted that they were able to force Republicans to withdraw more than 160 unrelated policy measures, known as riders, including those that would have cut environmental funding and scaled back financial regulations for Wall Street.

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It appears as though Democrats got their way - and conservatives got nearly nothing they wanted.

Congress is expected to vote on the funding package providing about $1 trillion early this week, according to the Washington Post.

Democrats had also threatened to shutdown the government if Republicans held a vote on Obamacare repeal, but last Thursday GOP leaders said they didn't have the votes to revive zombie Trumpcare.

For a moment it looked like the White House was going play the tough guy. Both chambers are expected to vote this week on the longer-term spending bill. Trump tweeted that Obamacare is in "serious trouble".

Democrats were quick off the mark to praise the deal. And on Wednesday, the White House said it would not stop paying federal subsidies to health insurers that help cover low-income Americans under the Affordable Care Act.

Trump's demand for the border wall down payment was rejected by Democrats. It also includes $295 million for Puerto Rico's Medicaid program. It was not immediately clear as of Sunday evening what the sticking points were for the deal.

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