Barbara Mikulski
Congress negotiators agree on spending bill to avoid shutdown

Pushing a tight deadline to prevent a federal shutdown, negotiators in Congress reached agreement late Tuesday on a $1-trillion bill to fund the government — but not before stuffing it with extras that drew deep opposition from both parties. Tacked onto the spending bill are extra provisions that span the political spectrum, including easing rest rules for truck drivers, loosening financial derivatives regulations for Wall Street and meddling with aspects of a voter-approved marijuana initiative in the District of Columbia. There is also $5.4 billion to handle the Ebola crisis in Africa and $5 billion to fight Islamic State insurgents. But there are also new reductions in social...