Government Funding Deal Reached, Goes to Vote

The deal would fund the federal government through September.

Bipartisan congressional negotiators reached an agreement late Sunday on a massive spending bill. If approved by the House and Senate the government would be funded through the end of September.

According to officials, the plan would add billions for the Pentagon and border security. However the plan does not provide any money for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall with Mexico.
Votes in both chambers are expected by the end of the week.
The deal was reached after weeks of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill and the White House. Despite threats, both sides were equally determined to avoid a politically fraught government shutdown. Republicans, who control Congress and the White House, were particularly wary of a shutdown on their watch.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a statement Sunday evening saying the agreement is consistent with his party’s principles.
“This agreement is a good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table,” the New York Democrat said in a statement.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi also praised the proposal, saying in a statement “we have made significant progress improving the omnibus bill.”
As of Tuesday however, it became apparent that one person is very unhappy with the deal. Particularly with the lack of funding for his border wall. The President aired his grievances on Twitter.
Congress reaches agreement on spending bill.

President Trump’s two part tweet on Tuesday about spending bill.

While crisis is avoided for now, it looks as though September could be a different story.

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